Inaki Williams scored a dramatic stoppage time winner as Athletic Bilbao knocked port out of the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 win at San Mames.
On a night once the competition was blown wide open, with Real Madrid additionally exiting at the hands of Real Sociedad, a troublesome week for Barcelona following Lionel Messi’s public criticism of the board was made worse.
Quique Setien created only one amendment to the side that had overwhelmed Levante at the weekend, with Sergi Roberto coming back in in place of Antoine Griezmann.
Teenager Ansu Fati had scored each goals therein game and nearly got off on constant foot here, denied only by a terrific block from Unai Nunez, who would additionally build a goal-saving challenge on Messi later in the half.
In between, Williams had a goal correctly dominated out for offside as he turned in from close range at the rear post, however it absolutely was a half of few clear-cut openings, summed up by Messi curling a free-kick straight into the wall in stoppage time from the type of position wherever he’s usually deadly.
Messi’s marvelous pass looked to have given Frenkie DE Jong the possibility to open the scoring shortly before the hour mark, however he tried to round the ‘keeper and was booked diving as he hit the deck in anticipation of contact.
Griezmann was sent on in place of Fati and shortly had probably the best likelihood of the game, denied by the legs of Unai Simon when Roberto’s clever pull back.
Simon then created an even better stop to keep Messi out, whereas Williams missed Athletic’s only real gap of the period of play, scuffing wide on the volley within the last minute of normal time.
But just as overtime seemed a certainty, Williams made amends, flicking a header into the far corner to send Athletic into the semi-finals.
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