Barcelona fails to go into the Copa del Rey semi-finals following their 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao

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Copa del Rey 2020 athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona highlights – Athletic Bilbao defeated Barcelona 1-0 to send them out of the Spanish Copa del Ray quarterfinals in a thriller match on Thursday.

A stoppage-time header from Inaki Williams helped his team defeat the record 30-time winners in a nail-biting thriller. The Spanish striker put the ball into the bottom corner of the Barca goal to send a sea of joy across the San Mames stadium.

copa del rey 2020 athletic bilbao vs barcelona highlights

The loss added to the woes of the Catalans especially after Messi’s clash of opinion against director Eric Abidal. With Ousmane Dembele being ruled out of the season owing to a hamstring injury, this loss added another layer to the multi-dimensional problems being faced by Barcelona.

Copa del Rey 2020 athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona highlights

In the post-match interview, Barca defender Gerard Pique said that there was a need to maintain unity in the team. He said that instead of airing dirty laundry, they should work as a team. He said that he had full confidence in his team and that he was pleased with the way they played and how they reacted in the face of all the noise. He also said that it was important for them to take the positives out of the game despite being knocked out.

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Barcelona coach, Quique Setien said that he was happy with the way they played, although he was unhappy with the result. He said that everything went well except the result. He said that the team took a step forward in their play and he was pleased with multiple things that they did on the field.

Copa del Rey 2020 athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona highlights – A fantastic opportunity was missed by Lionel Messi when he shot the ball at the legs of goalkeeper Unai Simon. Ron Fellow also failed to capitalize on another opportunity in the second half.

The game almost headed into the extra time but Williams capitalized on the opportunity created by a cross from Ibai Gomez and sent the home team into a run of craziness.

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In the post-match interview, Williams said that he was lost for words and that one should never lose faith. He also said that the fans deserved the moment especially after the kind of support they provided to the team. He also hoped that they could fulfill the dream after winning it.

Copa del Rey 2020 athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona highlights – The win sent Athletic Bilbao in the semi-finals, where they join Real Sociedad, Granada, and Mirandes. For the first time in 17 years, the semi-finals will not include Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid.

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