Barcelona knocked out Athletic Bilbao after a 3–1 defeat at Camp Nou (on 4–3 aggregate). It’s a good thing for the Catalan club because in this situation, the Blaugranas have reached the finals ten times and meeting Real Madrid in four of those cases.
The trident of FC Barcelona return to their scoring ability as Luis Suarez scored with a perfect cross from Neymar, while the Brazilian scored with the penalty award to Barcelona and Lionel Messi scored with a direct and perfect free kick. While the opponent were only able to put a goal against the Catalan club leaving the goals on aggregate to 4–3. [HIGHLIGHT BELOW]
FC Barcelona traveled to Bilbao for the 1/8 final of the Copa del Rey game against Athletic Club Bilbao but will not go back home satisfied as they lost to a very tough opponent in the competition. Luis Enrique had deployed his best players for an opponent like this but will return home with a 2–1 loss after conceding two goals in the first 27 minutes of the game while Messi was only able to pull one back with a free kick. [VIDEO HIGHLIGHT]
Although Barcelona lost to Athletic Club Bilbao in their first game of 2017, it did not hinder Leo from scoring for his side. Now Lionel Messi is one of the very few players in Europe to have scored in all competitions after recording his 24th goal of the season. [VIDEO BELOW]
Luis Enrique have revealed his 18 man list that will fly to Bilbao to play against the Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey. It will be the first game of the year 2017 for FC Barcelona is expected to kick off at 9:15 pm on Thursday (tomorrow).
Without Messi, Suarez, Neymar and Pique in the squad against Hercules for the return leg of Copa del Rey, FC Barcelona secures their place in the next stage of the competition. A very good game for all the new signings of the Catalan club with Arda Turan scoring a hat-trick while Digne, Rakitic, Rafinha and Alcacer scored a goal each.
Carles Alena a player of Barcelona B side pulled one for Barcelona first team against Hercules that brought the Spanish giant back into the game. Hercules playing in the Segunda B Group 3 division surprisingly scored the first goal after halftime break.
On Wednesday by 10:00 pm CET, Hercules will play against Barcelona at Alicante. It will be the first leg of the meeting between the two clubs in the Copa del Rey 1/6 final stage. Although the fixture have being announced over one month ago, only 12,000 tickets have being sold so far which is extremely poor.
It was decided in the Friday’s midday draw that FC Barcelona will be facing Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi final as well as Sevilla who will face Celta Vigo also in the same stage of the competition. The draw was held in Madrid by 12:30 pm CET. So far this season in the Copa del Rey, Barca have eliminated Vilanovensa, Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao (quarter final) in previous stages of the competition.