Barcelona’s woes continue as Athletic Bilbao knocks them out of Copa del Rey

Barcelona‘s hopes of reaching a seventh successive Copa del Rey final ended at the quarter-final stage with a shock defeat by Athletic Bilbao.

The tight contest was decided in the third minute of stoppage time when Spanish forward Inaki Williams headed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Earlier, Frenkie de Jong was apprehended and booked for diving when looking for a foul to break the deadlock
Earlier, Frenkie de Jong was apprehended and booked for diving when looking for a foul to break the deadlock

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi wasted a good late chance when he fired at the legs of Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simon.

Elsewhere, there was another cup shock earlier when Real Madrid lost to Real Sociedad 4-3 at Santiago Bernabeu.

It means for the first time since 2010, the Copa del Rey final will feature neither Barcelona nor Real.

The two surprise results come a day after second-tier side Mirandes defeated Villarreal 4-2. Granada, who overcame Valencia 2-1, make up the semi-final line-up.

 

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