Athletic Bilbao 2 – 1 Barcelona as Messi second half strike bring Barcelona back into the game, but still had one goal ahead which they failed to cover, in the Copa del Rey last-16 clash between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at San Mames.
Barcelona visited San Memes in the Copa Del Rey round of 16 first leg tie against Athletic Bilbao and it turned out to be a difficult outing for Catalan side. Barcelona found themselves two goals down inside first 30 minutes with Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams scoring 5 minutes of each other. Barcelona however scored important away goal thanks to their talisman Lionel Messi to make it 1-2 on the night.
Not for the first time tonight Iniesta gives away possession and, just a handful of touches later, the ball is put in the back of the net by Aduriz. Once the ball was won by the prolific forward he spread it out to Raul Garcia, who returned it to the back post for his teammate to head past Ter Stegen.
A stunning goal from Inaki Williams gives Athletic a two-goal advantage at San Mames – how about that! A deft flick from Aduriz set the ball nicely for his teammate to put his foot through it, and he did exactly that from 10 yards out to leave Ter Stegen rooted to his spot.
Sixty seconds after getting slated by a certain person for an underwhelming game so far, Messi proves once more why he is considered as the greatest of all time. A brilliant free kick from the Barca ace catches Iraizoz off guard, but he so nearly recovered by palming the ball on to the bar. It came back down and was deemed to have crossed the line, making it game on!
Athletic Bilbao 2 – 1 Barcelona Spanish Copa Del Rey Match Highlights
1. 25′ 1 – 0 Aritz Aduriz continue his superb season scoring the opening goal for Athletic at San Meme.
2. 28′ 2 – 0 Inaki Williams made it 2-0 minutes later as Barcelona struggled to get the grips of the game.
3. 52′ 2 – 1 Lionel Messi scored a so nearly recovered goal by palming the ball on to the bar as a result of a brilliant free kick