Barca wins Copa del Rey Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Barcelona


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Barca wins Copa del Rey Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Barcelona
Posted on: May 31, 2015, 02:18:26 AM
With the league title already in the bag, Saturday's result secured a domestic double for Luis Enrique's side and kept them firmly on course for a remarkable treble ahead of next week's Champions League final against Juventus.

Athletic had come into the game looking to avenge their 2009 and 2012 final defeats at the hands of the same opponents, but rarely looked capable of causing an upset after Messi bagged a brilliant 57th goal of the campaign after 20 minutes.

Neymar duly doubled Barcelona's advantage 10 minutes later and Athletic's 31-year Copa drought was destined to continue when Messi added his second and Barcelona's third on 74 minutes, with Inaki Williams' reply coming far too late for the outgunned Basque side.

Barca's fans in attendance, meanwhile, reserved their biggest ovation of the night for legendary midfielder Xavi, who was introduced from the bench early in the second half for the last domestic appearance of his remarkable 17-year spell at the club.


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