Copa del Rey Barcelona vs Bilbao : Match preview
Barcelona enjoy a 2-1 aggregate lead before going into the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final against Athletic Bilbao this Wednesday night.
Barca, who were without the presence of Lionel Messi and suspended striker Luis Suarez, swept into a two-goal lead inside the very first 25 minutes in the first leg match against Athletic Club played at the San Mames and the home fans must have been scared of another rout was on the cards after their 6-0 demolition at the hands of the Catalans in the league mere days prior to that midweek clash, but the Basques steadied the ship somehow and kept themselves in the tie alive with a goal from Aritz Aduriz late on in the Barcelona vs Bilbao match.
Munir el Haddadi had turned home Ivan Rakitic’s brilliant cross, before Neymar tapped into a completely empty net to give Barcelona the strong lead and two crucial away goals in the Barcelona vs Bilbao match.
There was little mutual admiration lost between the two teams in their fifth encounter of the season so far. Bilbao embarrassed Barcelona with a 5-1 aggregate triumph (4-0, 1-1) in the Spanish Super Cup at the beginning of the season but it has been all the Blaugrana since with two victory in the league and one in the last week’s King’s Cup Barcelona vs Bilbao meeting.
They’ll be rather disappointed that they allowed the home side to avail themselves a lifeline with Aduriz’s 89th-minute shot, though, in what was occasionally an ill-tempered cup tie.