Athletic — Barcelona: review and result of the Spanish Cup match

In the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey, Athletic met with Barcelona.

The hosts shocked the Catalans already at the start of the match, opening the scoring through the efforts of Gorka Guruseta.

Barcelona took some time to recover, but before the end of the first half they took the lead. First, Robert Lewandowski scored, and then Lamin Yamal scored after an excellent solo pass.

However, Athletic did not let Xavi’s team relax and already in the 49th minute of the second half, Oyhan Sunset equalized the score and the teams finished in regular time.

In the extra periods, as well as in regular time, Ernesto Valverde's team showed a much stronger game, and for this they were rewarded twice.

First, Iñaki Williams, who might not have played in this match if Ghana had not been eliminated prematurely from the African Cup of Nations, played an excellent finish after his own shot, and then, a few moments before the end, gave an assist to his brother Nico, who set up the final score of the match and removed all questions about Athletic's progress further.

Statistics of the Spanish Cup match Athletic — Barcelona

Athletic — Barcelona 4:2

Goals: Guruseta, 1, Sunset, 49, I. Williams, 105+2, N. Williams, 120+1 — Lewandowski, 26, Yamal, 32

xG: 4.63 — 1.08
Strikes: 17 — 6
Shots on target: 7 — 4
Ball possession: 39% — 61%

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