Summary of the Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao match

Watch the goals of the Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao match

Watch the goals of the Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao match
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The Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao match : Barcelona bid farewell to the King’s Cup by losing 2-3 to its host Athletic Bilbao today, Thursday, in the round of 16 competitions.

Iker Munayen scored a “double” and Inigo Martinez for the Basque team in the 2, 86, and 106 minutes, while Ferran Torres and Pedri scored Barca’s goals in the 20th and 93rd minutes.

The Lions of Bilbao was more fierce, and they did not give the Catalan guest a chance to catch a breath, but scored an early goal after two minutes, scored by Munayen brilliantly after a pass from Nico Williams.

The Basque team was not satisfied with the early goal, but they threatened the goal of Ter Stegen with more than a dangerous chance for Oscar de Marcos, Munayen, Nico Williams, and Sunset.

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On the other hand, the attacking combination created by Xavi was very shy. The duo Abdel Samad Zalzouli and Gutgla were not fierce enough, and they lacked communication with the midfielders Ferran Torres, Jaffe, Pedri, Busquets.

And from a single organized attack by cooperation between Alba, Busquets, Jaffe, Ferran Torres ended it with a great shot in the left scissors, in the 20th minute.

And coach Xavi Hernandez tried to develop offensive weapons in the second half, as Nico Gonzalez brought in Zalzuli’s place with Jaffe moving forward.

But the situation remained unchanged, as Bilbao’s chances were very dangerous through brothers Nico and Inaki Williams, who took part as a substitute in the second half, and the crossbar prevented him from hitting the net.

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After a quarter of an hour, Xavi threw two new cards from the bench: Frenkie de Jong and Ansu Fati in place of Jaffe and Gotgla.

Barca’s attacking performance improved relatively, but Fati and Pedri’s shots did not pose a threat, while full-backs Alba and Alves completely disrupted.

On the other hand, Bilbao excelled in counter-attacks, taking advantage of the “frivolity” of Frenkie de Jong and his wrong passes, which put the central defender’s Pique and Araujo in dangerous speed races with the annoying Inaki Williams.

The owners of the land translated their superiority with a second goal in a killer time from a cross, which confused the Barca defense in its dispersal, to be completed by Inigo Martinez in the net in the 86th minute.

The excitement did not stop there, but the referee counted 4 minutes instead of lost time, and in the last seconds, Barca equalized again with Pedri’s shot after a prelude from Dani Alves in the 93rd minute.

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The winds of extending the extra time did not bring what Barcelona’s ships wanted, but the Catalan team was exposed to more than one predicament, the first of which was the injury of (substitute) Fati and his replacement by Serginio Dest.

After that, Inaki Williams hit a ball next to the post, and Alba was involved in a handball, which the referee awarded a penalty kick, from which Munayen scored his second goal and the third for his team in the 106th minute.

In the fourth half, Martin Braithwaite replaced Pedri, seeking to adjust again, but the fitness of the Barcelona players did not help them, to bid farewell to the cup with the same loss scenario that occurred in the Spanish Super Clasico against Real Madrid in Riyadh, where he equalized the result twice and was finally defeated after the extension of time extra too

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