Athletic eats an inferior Barça

Athletic eats an inferior Barça

The Basques complete the Cup quarterfinals after eliminating Xavi’s men in extra time

MADRID, Jan. 21 (.) –

Athletic Club advanced to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey this Thursday at the expense (3-2) of a FC Barcelona that, despite Xavi’s facelift, is still in very low football hours, in a clearly red and white tie in Although San Mamés went into extra time with a goal from Pedri in minute 93.

Marcelino García Toral’s men outplayed and outperformed a rival that barely generated in attack and was very weak in defense. Despite having a little more rest after the Spanish Super Cup, Barça was at the mercy of an Athletic team that went ahead after two minutes with Iker Muniain and seemed to finish off in the 86th minute with Íñigo Martínez.

As Barça could fear, the visit to Bilbao was going to be one of those suffered. In truth, Xavi’s team does not have an easy game, entrusted to those youngsters who have lost a certain punch and without what was their best asset, despite having theirs too, Dembélé. On the buzzer, Pedri saved the extra time, getting fat to die in a Barça that ended up with Ansu Fati and Pedri himself injured.

A hand from Alba, with the VAR in between -the only thing missing from the match-, meant the penalty with which Muniain gave the victory and the pass to Marcelino’s men. The reissue of the last Cup final meant the rojiblanco pass, the Basque retaliation after losing the Super Cup last week, dethroning a Barça that wants to but cannot, without resources in the face of adversity.

A hungry Athletic was expected and in communion with San Mamés to face the azulgranas, and a great goal from Muniain after two minutes shook the cocktail shaker even more. Nico Williams won that first duel with Alba, there would be many more, and his cross was picked up by the Athletic captain at the far post to send him to the top corner.

Dani Alves on the other flank also suffered unspeakably and, without the ball, Xavi’s men suffered greatly from the local pressure. In the visitor’s first long possession, Ferran signed another great goal (1-1) but that would be the only shot on goal for the Catalans in 90 minutes. Meanwhile, Athletic forgave Ter Stegen.

After the break, Barça found Pedri more, more because of a certain truce in the local wear, but the entry of Iñaki Williams, in tremendous connection with his brother, was another problem for the rival. Despite the fact that the canary appeared and that Ansu Fati entered, Xavi’s team continued without generating danger against the rival low block.

In the final stretch, the oldest of the Williams collided with the crossbar and, in one of the many free kicks given by the visiting defense, Athletic ended up making it 2-1 almost by accident, with Íñigo Martínez stepping on the ball. Barça, which last year was subscribed to extensions in the Cup, extended the clash with Pedri.

The canary self-imposed one more extension for his collection, finishing off a ball rained down by a strange Chilean from Alves. A carom that hid at times the culé disaster, an extra life that nevertheless brought the injury of Ansu Fati and Pedri, and that without visiting occasions, did not change the script of a superior Athletic either, which fairly dropped the champion, led by Muniain.

DATA SHEET.

–RESULT: ATHLETIC CLUB, 3 – FC BARCELONA, 2. (1-1, at halftime).

–ALIGNMENTS.

ATHLETIC CLUB: Agirrezabala; De Marcos (Lekue, min.106), Vivian, Iñigo Martínez, Yuri (Balenziaga, min.91); Nico Williams (Zarraga, min.110), Dani García, Vesga (Nolaskoain, min.117), Muniain; Sancet (Iñaki Williams, min.52) and Raúl García (Berenguer, min.79).

FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Alves, Araujo, Hammered, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Gavi (Frenkie de Jong, min.61), Pedri (Braithwaite, min.105); Abde (Nico, rest), Ferran Torres and Jutglà (Ansu Fati, min.61; Dest, min.96)).

–GOALS:

1 – 0, min.2, Muniain.

1 – 1, min. 20, Ferran Torres.

2 – 1, min. 86, Íñigo Martínez.

2 – 2, min.90+3, Pedri.

3 – 2, min.105+1, Muniain (penalty).

–REFEREE: Munuera Montero (C. Andalusia). He admonished Dani García (min.30), De Marcos (min.94), Iñaki Williams (min.119) by Athletic. And Piqué (min.76), Pedri (min.97), De Jong (min.104) and Alba (min.105) at Barça.

–STADIUM: San Mamés.

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