Barcelona made a big disappointment when they defeated 0-1 at Bilbao on San Mames in the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup. This is a frustrating match Messi and Barcelona missed the first title of this season.
After losing the top of La Liga, Barcelona is experiencing a series of unforgettable days. They were a jubilant victory in the King’s Cup to regain confidence for the period ahead.
However, things were not peaceful with the new coach Quique Setien. Barcelona marched to Atletico’s San Mames with determination to win and advance to the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup.
Messi and his teammates also created clear opportunities but before the opponent played solid, fiercely, Barcelona could not score. Even the Barcelona defense also reveals a gap for the opponent to exploit.
Tragedy came to Barcelona in the final minutes, when Williams scored the decision to send Bilbao to the semi-finals. For the first time in 5 years, Barca made an appointment with the King’s Cup final (4 times).
In addition to Real Madrid, this year’s King’s Cup quarter-finals also saw Valencia, Villarreal and Barcelona eliminated. 4 teams to the semi-finals include Granada, Mirandes, Sociedad and Bilbao.
Before Bilbao, Barcelona used an attacking team with Busquets, Rakitic and De Jong in the middle of the pitch. Young Talent Fati is on the line with Messi and Sergi Roberto.
After the opening whistle, Barcelona actively pressed the field. Messi almost helped the team to score after 5 minutes with a good pass, unfortunately, Fati left the left foot with an inaccurate goal.
Just a few minutes after the situation caused the fans of this home team, Bilbao responded with the situation Inaki Williams put the ball into Barca’s net from close range in the impossibility of goalkeeper Ter Stegen.
Fortunately for the Catalan giants, the goal is not recognized due to offside. The Bilbao player reacted fiercely, but the referee didn’t change the decision.
Despite having to play away, Barca is still the team that controlled the game, with 69 percent of the ball. The whole match they launched 5 shots on target but failed.
However, Bilbao succeeded in locking Messi and other Barca attackers into the game with a drastic determination that the referee had to draw nine yellow cards.
31 minutes, Bilbao suddenly received a gift when goalkeeper Ter Stegen fed the ball to the opponent striker. If Raul Garcia did not put the ball to cross the bar, Barca would soon be at a disadvantage.
In the second half, Barca increased the pressure but the game was generally not brighter for them. In front of Bilbao’s well-organized defense, Messi played back deep and appeared faint.
The most obvious opportunity came for Messi in the final minutes of the match when he received a pass that tore the Bilbao defense of midfielder Melo. However, in a decisive situation, he did not win the excellence of goalkeeper Unai Simon.
The thought that the two teams would have to resolve the victory in extra time, the tragedy suddenly struck Barca’s head. In the third minute of injury time, Ibai Gomez launched a cross from the right to Inaki Williams to head a dangerous header to bring Bilbao 1-0 victory.