The striker’s perfectly-timed header stole it at the death as La Blaugrana flattered to deceive at
Unai Núñez’s intelligent positioning kept Athletic’s clean sheet intact as he cleared a goal-bound effort off the line, Ansu Fati the man denied by the centre back, who’d anticipated the disguise on the shot.
?Barça had the lion’s share of possession, yet rarely got a clear sight of goal due to Athletic’s solidity and organisation. Anytime Athletic did look under serious threat, their brilliant trio of central defenders came to the rescue.
Despite their frustrations, La Bluagrana’s build-up play was exquisite as Frenkie de Jong and Ivan
Not sure what’s more impressive. Iñaki s dragging Pique along the ground for 10 yards or Pique not letting go. A great little battle going on there. Yellow for Pique. Great advert for the durability of those Athletic Bilbao jerseys.
— Robbie Dunne (@robbiejdunne) February 6, 2020
Key Talking Point
MESSI PLAYING LIKE A BEAST IN THE #AtletiBarça game. ?? four defenders chasing down the back and he managed to slip through
— MsBarca ? (@MsBarcaOfficial) February 6, 2020
Wow Real Madrid and Barcelona both knocked out in the Copa del Rey tonight, so the semi-finalist are Granada, Mirandés, Real Sociedad and Athletic Club Bilbao. #CopaDelRey
— Regan Walsh (@regan_walsh) February 6, 2020
Imagine losing #Messi and trying to replace him! Who, if anyone comes close?
— Stevie Bell (@StevieBellos) February 6, 2020
Irrespective of whether they eventually win lose or draw these have been easily Barça’s best 28 mins of footy since Setién took over. Much quicker, fewer touches, better movement.
— Graham Hunter (@BumperGraham) February 6, 2020
Starting XI: Ter Stegen (4); Semedo (6),
Substitutes: Griezmann (7), Arthur (6), Umtiti (6).
There is no debate over Barcelona’s man of the match.
Messi was the architect-in-chief for the La Liga champions. Everything flowed through him, though that was sometimes to the detriment of
Barcelona resume their ?La Liga campaign on Sunday with a trip to
Real Sociedad are Athletic’s next opponents, with the two meeting on Sunday evening, the same day
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