Athletic Club v Barcelona Live Commentary & Result, 17/04/2021, Copa del Rey |

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That is Barcelona’s thirty first Copa del Rey success and their first since 2018. They may now flip their attentions again to LaLiga, as they sit third, however solely two factors behind Atletico Madrid on the high and so they face Getafe subsequent day out. In the meantime Athletic will look to place their two Copa del Rey ultimate defeats behind them and choose up three factors towards Actual Betis in LaLiga on Wednesday.

Barcelona win the Copa del Rey after an outstanding 4-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao, because of 4 second half objectives within the house of 12 minutes. Griezmann broke the impasse on 60 minutes, earlier than De Jong doubled their lead three minutes later and victory was then rounded off with a brace from Messi. It regarded like Barca had a fifth, after Griezmann skipped previous Simon and fired the ball into an empty internet, nevertheless it was dominated out offside. A deserved victory for Barca, who dominated from begin to end.


90′ There shall be a minimal of two minutes added time performed on the finish of the second half.

90′ Yuri is booked late on for a problem on Braithwaite.

O. Dembélé

A. Griezmann


88′ Griezmann additionally heads off the pitch and he has been changed by Dembele.

M. Braithwaite

Óscar Mingueza


87′ Ultimate few modifications for Barca now, with Mingueza a type of coming off and he has been changed by Braithwaite.

86′ GOAL RULED OUT! Griezmann thinks he has made it 5, after a beautiful throughball by Messi to the striker, who races onto the tip of it and will get to it forward of Simon on the sting of the field. The keeper makes positive he doesn’t convey him down, however Griezmann simply rounds him after which cuts inside and passes it into the again of an empty internet. Nonetheless, VAR check out it and adjudged that Griezmann was offside when Messi performed the cross, so it’s dominated out.

84′ Not too distant! Athletic whip a nook into the field from the proper and Raul Garcia meets it in the course of the field, however he would not get the most effective of contact, heading it into the bottom and it bounces excessive over the crossbar.


82′ The opposite change sees Pique head off and he has been changed by Araujo.


81′ Barca make a double substitution, with Pedri the primary to return off and he has been changed by Moriba.

80′ If this consequence stays the identical, Athletic can have misplaced two Copa del Rey finals inside the house of two weeks, after they have been crushed 1-0 by Actual Sociedad in final seasons ultimate.

78′ Messi has now appeared in 34 completely different finals with Barcelona, scoring 31 objectives in these outings. 

76′ We have seen 4 Barca objectives within the house of 12 minutes, they could not have wished for a greater second half efficiency. They’re near their thirty first Copa del Rey title.


74′ Barca have made their first change now, with Dest changed by Sergi Roberto at right-back.


72′ A second help for Alba now, it comes after he sprints down the left, linking up nicely with Griezmann, earlier than completely feeding Messi.


72′ GOOOAAALLL! Messi will get his second and makes it 4-0! What a second half efficiency that is from Barca! Alba performs a one-two down the left wing with Griezmann and the left-back then pulls the ball again to Messi on the sting of the field, who fires it in the direction of the underside left nook of the objective. Simon will get a hand to it, however not sufficient to push it across the publish and it flies into the again of the web.

70′ Certainly the sport is wrapped up for Barca now, they lead 3-0 with 20 minutes left to play and are in full management. They might go on and rating a number of extra.


68′ One other help now for De Jong, each he and Messi confirmed nice ability and motion to open up the house for the third Barca objective.


68′ GOOOAAALLL! Messi will get concerned within the objectives and makes it 3-0! The Barca skipper races ahead after successful the ball again on the midway line and performs a fast one-two with De Jong, earlier than racing into the field and enjoying one other one-two. Nonetheless, the angle is simply too tight for a shot, so he cuts inside onto his left foot with ease and fires the ball into the underside left nook of the web.

Athletic Club

67′ Lopez is the ultimate Athletic participant to return off and Yuri is his alternative.

Asier Villalibre


Athletic Club

67′ Williams additionally comes off and he has been changed by Villalibre.

Athletic Club

67′ Athletic make all of their remaining substitutions now, with Alvarez coming off and he has been changed by Nunez.

65′ Athletic win their first nook of the sport after Williams sees his effort from the sting of the field nicely blocked by De Jong. Nonetheless, the ensuing nook involves nothing.


63′ Alba has been a relentless menace for Barca down the left wing and he confirmed his price there with a wonderful supply into the field, that De Jong finishes off to make it 2-0.


63′ GOOOAAALLL! De Jong doubles Barca’s lead and makes it 2-0! That’s two objectives within the house of three minutes! He offered the help for the primary objective and has scored the second. Alba sprints down the left wing and delivers an outstanding low cross into the penalty space and Griezmann can’t fairly attain it, so it falls to De Jong, who stoops to go residence from simply a few yards out.

62′ It is going to be fascinating to see how Athletic reply now, they should begin pushing ahead seeking an equaliser, however this additionally leaves them open on the again and weak to a second Barca objective.


60′ De Jong has been glorious at the moment, concerned in all the pieces for Barca and he went shut himself early on. Nonetheless, he turned supplier this time, drilling the ball into the trail of Griezmann, who made no errors with the end.


60′ GOOOAAALLL! Barca lastly break the impasse, Griezmann makes it 1-0! They break ahead shortly and open up the Athletic defence, with Messi racing ahead, earlier than laying it out extensive to De Jong on the overlap and he squares it to Griezmann, who pops it into the again of the web from the center of the field. Pretty transfer and end.

58′ There may be nonetheless numerous soccer left to be performed right here and there’ll certainly be a number of drained Athletic gamers on the market quickly, as they’ve continuously chased the ball at the moment.

56′ These two sides are essentially the most profitable within the historical past of the Copa del Rey, with Barcelona successful it 30 occasions and Athletic have 23.

Mikel Vesga

Álex Berenguer

Athletic Club

54′ Athletic have made one other change, with Berenguer the person coming off and he has been changed by Vesga.

53′ ANOTHER SAVE! Simon is preserving Athletic within the sport, this time he denies Busquets from shut vary! Barca take a nook brief to create a greater angle for a cross into the field, which is flicked on and the falls to Busquets proper in entrance of objective within the six-yard field. Nonetheless, Simon makes himself as massive as potential and makes one other glorious save.

52′ SAVE! The gaps are beginning to open up within the Athletic defence, with Alba discovering Griezmann within the field, who then lays it again to Pedri and the midfielder fires a low effort in the direction of the underside left nook of the web. Nonetheless, Simon will get down shortly and makes an outstanding save, tipping it across the publish.

50′ The second half has began as the primary ended, with Barca on high and dominating, pushing ahead seeking the opening objective. They have been so shut a couple of minutes in the past.

48′ CHANCE! How did Griezmann not rating? Messi does brilliantly, sprinting in the direction of objective, earlier than laying it out extensive to Dest on the overlap, who then pulls it again to Griezmann within the six-yard field. The striker slides in and will get a contact on the ball, however Simon rushes out and makes an outstanding save to disclaim Barca. It then bounces again off Griezmann and flies inches extensive of the publish.

46′ The second half is underneath manner!

Athletic Club

46′ Athletic have made a substitution forward of the second half, with Muniain the person coming off and he has been changed by Inigo Martinez.

Athletic have been compelled to sit down again and defend, they should begin pushing gamers ahead if they’re to check Ter Stegen within the Barca objective, who has been a spectator thus far.

It’s goalless on the break between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona within the Copa del Rey ultimate, regardless of Barca dominating everything of the primary half. They’ve managed the opening 45 minutes, with De Jong putting the publish after simply 5 minutes. Nonetheless, that’s as shut as they’ve come to breaking the impasse.


45′ There shall be a minimal of 1 minute added time performed on the finish of the primary half.

44′ Barca proceed to pile on the strain, there is not lengthy left for Athletic to carry on now and they are going to be grateful for the break. It has been a troublesome first half for them.

42′ There isn’t lengthy left to play earlier than the tip of the primary half, can both aspect break the impasse earlier than the half-time whistle?

40′ Into the wall! Messi steps it to take a free-kick on the sting of the field, however he would not get sufficient on it and it flies into the wall, who do their job nicely and clear the hazard.

Athletic Club

39′ The primary yellow card of the sport is proven to Dani Garcia, for his late sliding problem on Messi round 20 yards out.

38′ The latest possession chart has simply are available in and it reveals Barca to have 82 per cent, to Athletic’s 18 per cent, which reveals their dominance. Athletic shall be very completely satisfied for it to be goalless on the break.

36′ Stoppage in play right here as Messi is down injured following a collision with Dani Garcia, because the Athletic midfielder barges into him to cease him in his tracks. The medical workforce are on the pitch, however he ought to be fantastic to proceed.

34′ Messi is beginning to drop barely deeper so as to get on the ball and affect the sport, as Athletic are defending very nicely in the meanwhile and there are no indicators of a breakthrough objective.

32′ Regardless of all of their dominance, Simon within the Athletic objective has but to make a very good save to disclaim Barca the opening objective and they’re beginning to get pissed off.

30′ We’re on the half an hour mark now and it stays goalless between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona within the Copa del Rey ultimate.

28′ Athletic must try to sluggish issues down and simply preserve the ball for just a little bit, they’ve barely strung greater than a few passes collectively and are continuously having to chase the sport.

26′ Messi nearly sneaks by way of as soon as once more! An extended ball comes excessive of the Athletic defence, which Mingueza heads down straight into the trail of Messi. Nonetheless, his shot is brilliantly blocked.

25′ In three Copa del Rey finals towards Athletic Bilbao, Messi has scored 4 objectives and assisted another whereas in 40 total conferences, he has a tally of 26 objectives and seven assists.

23′ Raul Garcia and Williams have hardly touched the ball for Athletic, the 2 forwards have been compelled to sit down deep and absorb all of the Barca strain, which continues to construct.

21′ Respectable effort! Messi manages to work just a little little bit of house within the field and he curls an effort in the direction of the close to publish. Nonetheless, Simon is the same as it and makes a cushty save.

20′ One other fast transfer by Barca, with Griezmann attempting to get a shot away from the sting of the field. Nonetheless, Athletic get loads of gamers again and make the block.

18′ Barca have dominated possession, with over 80 per cent of it within the opening interval of the sport. Can they make it rely and check Simon?

16′ There’s a good tempo to the sport thus far, with Barca setting the tempo and they’re attempting to carve open the Athletic defence, with Messi and Busquets already discovering a few throughballs.

14′ The newest LaLiga assembly between these two sides noticed Barcelona come out on high, claiming a 2-1 victory again in January.

12′ CLOSE! Athletic nearly rating with their first alternative of the sport! A deep free-kick is whipped into the penalty space and Martinez will get away from his marker and throws himself on the ball, getting a contact on it. Nonetheless, he cannot fairly flip it in the direction of objective and it flies extensive of the Barca internet.

11′ CHANCE! Pretty hyperlink up play between Messi and Griezmann, with the skipper enjoying an outstanding ball in behind to Griezmann deep contained in the field and he ought to shoot at objective himself, albeit from a good angle. Nonetheless, he opts to play it again to Messi who was sprinting into the field, however his effort is blocked behind for a nook.

9′ Barca look desirous to get an early objective right here, they’re forcing their opponents to get everybody again behind the ball as they’re camped inside the ultimate third.

7′ Not too distant! Dest cuts inside from the proper wing and drills a low shot in the direction of the underside proper nook of the web. Nonetheless, he simply drags his shot extensive.

5′ OFF THE POST! Messi makes an outstanding run in behind the Athletic defence and he’s picked out fantastically by Busquets. The angle is simply too tight for Messi to shoot at objective himself, so as an alternative he flicks it again to De Jong, who tries to slip the ball into the far left nook of the web. Nonetheless, he strikes the publish. So shut!

4′ Good transfer! Busquets drills the ball into the ft of De Jong on the sting of the field, who flicks it to Messi, he then shortly spins and passes to Alba out extensive, who performs it again into the penalty arae in search of Griezmann. Nonetheless, the offside flag goes up and Athletic have a free-kick.

3′ It is all Barca within the opening jiffy of the sport, they’re pushing ahead in numbers and have Athletic penned inside their very own half.

The groups are out on the pitch and kick-off is just some minutes away, keep tuned for the entire match motion!

In the meantime Ronald Koeman has made simply two modifications to his beginning XI, with Araujo and Dembele lacking out and so they have been changed by Pique and Griezmann.

Athletic have made eight modifications to their aspect that drew 0-0 with Alaves final weekend, with solely Simon, Balenziaga and Unai Lopez preserving their locations within the beginning line-up.

BARCELONA SUBS: Ronald Araujo, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele, Trincao, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Inaki Pena, Ilaix Moriba, Arnau Tenas.

BARCELONA (3-1-4-2): Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; Oscar Mingueza, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet; Sergio Busquets; Sergino Dest, Frenkie De Jong, Pedri, Jordi Alba; Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann

ATHLETIC BILBAO SUBS: Jon Morcillo, Ander Capa, Asier Villalibre, Unai Nunez, Unai Vencedor, Jokin Ezkieta, Yuri, Inigo Lekue, Mikel Vesga.

ATHLETIC BILBAO (4-4-2): Unai Simon; Oscar De Marcos, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Mikel Balenziaga; Alex Berenguer, Unai Lopez, Raul Garcia, Iker Muniain; Raul García, Inaki Williams.

Athletic are in search of their first Copa Del Rey title since 1984, whereas Barcelona final received this competitors again in 2018. Athletic have did not win any of their final 5 video games, nevertheless, they’ve solely suffered one defeat and the remainder have been attracts, to see them sit eleventh in LaLiga. In the meantime Barcelona are third, following their El Clasico defeat towards Actual Madrid final weekend.

As a result of COVID pandemic, final years Copa del Rey ultimate was performed simply a few weeks in the past and it featured Athletic Bilbao. Nonetheless, they suffered a 1-0 defeat towards Actual Sociedad. Athletic made it to the 2021 ultimate by beating Levante 3-2 on mixture. In the meantime Barcelona beat Sevilla 3-2 over two legs. 

Howdy and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Copa del Rey ultimate between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona.

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