Barcelona knocked out of Copa del Rey

Barcelona knocked out of Copa del Rey

On Wednesday, Athletic Bilbao secured a 4-2 victory over Barcelona at home, eliminating them from the Copa del Rey quarter-final. In an exhilarating match, brothers Inaki and Nico Williams scored in extra time. 

Gorka Guruzeta provided an early lead for the hosts with a goal in the first minute, but Barcelona responded with two quick goals before halftime. Athletic's Yuri Berchiche unintentionally deflected the ball into the net off Robert Lewandowski in the 27th minute, and Lamine Yamal showcased brilliance with a solo run and a precise strike just inside the far post.

After halftime, Athletic made a comeback, equalizing in the 49th minute with Oihan Sancet's towering header from Nico Williams' excellent left-sided cross. Despite Athletic's offensive efforts, Nico Williams caused problems for Barcelona's defense, and 16-year-old Yamal missed two clear chances.

In extra time, Athletic capitalized on their dominance, as Inaki Williams scored from a rebound in added time before the break, and Nico Williams sealed the win with a superb curling strike into the top corner in the final moments of the game. 

Inaki Williams, who had recently returned from playing in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana, expressed his astonishment, stating, "Not even in the best of dreams I have seen this coming," to TVE.

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