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FC Barcelona stunned by 9 men Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona ended 2-1 as FC Barcelona was left stunned by the 7th positioned team in La Liga. The 2 clubs drew against each other in Copa Del Rey round of 16. Meanwhile, bitter rivals Real Madrid played Sevilla yesterday. The Los Blancos side won 3-0 with James Rodriguez starring on the night. Barcelona played the first game of the draw at San Mames Stadium in Bilbao. The Blaugranas were the clear favorites to progress into the next stages. Athletic, however, had other ideas. They stunned FC Barcelona by scoring 2 goals within the first 30 minutes.

Starting XI

FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Sergio Roberto, Gerrard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Sergio, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar Jr.

Athletic Club Bilbao: Iraizoz, Balenziaga, Laporte, Etxeita, Boveda, Iturraspe, San Jose, Saborit, Raul Gracia, Williams, Aduriz.

Match Report

Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao are domestic rivals. There have been some moments of tension during the game between the 2 Spanish clubs in the past, both in terms of violence and competition in the game. The 35 years old Spanish striker Aduriz opened the scoring by scoring a header in the 25th minute of the game. After only 3 minutes, Williams scored for the home team.

There are a number of controversies coming out of the game regarding the referee’s decisions. 2 clear penalties for Barcelona were denied. One foul on Pique and one of Neymar were clearly unseen by the referee. The penalties could have put Barcelona in a better position than that. Although Athletic Bilbao was playing with 9 men, Barcelona seemed helpless and couldn’t create any real scoring chances. Moreover, Supply from midfield to the attackers was cut short by Bilbao’s defense, and the players were left helplessly passing the ball. It was Lionel Messi who got something for Barcelona on the night. He scored a free-kick goal from a long range which gave Barcelona a hope in the draw.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona-Copa Del Rey Round of 16 Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-8TlervSec

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