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FC Barcelona left the King’s Cup in the round of 16 after being eliminated in extra time at Athletic Bilbao (3-2).

One less trophy to conquer this season for FC Barcelona. After its elimination last week in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup by Real Madrid, Barça left the Copa del Rey on Thursday. At the stage of the round of 16 of the event. An elimination conceded at the end of an intense match with twists and turns at Athletic Bilbao (3-2, ap). From the 2nd minute, the Basques blew up San Mamès. After an overflow from Nico Williams, Iker Muniain sent a marvelous curling strike. The doubt was short-lived for the Catalans with an equalizer signed by Ferran Torres, his first goal with Barça, also with a good strike (20th).

Muniain, hero of the Basques

Already pleasant, the meeting got carried away in the last moments of the second period. To a chaotic goal from Inigo Martinez (86th), after a defensive error from Pique, Pedri responded in added time (93rd) after a decisive pass from Daniel Alves in an acrobatic return. The fate of the match was then decided on a penalty but not during the penalty shootout. After a handball from Jordi Alba, the referee whistled a penalty after consulting the VAR. Sentence converted by Iker Muniain (105th) for the double and the goal of qualification for the King’s Cup.

Fati in tears

A match also tarnished for the Blaugrana by the new injury of Ansu Fati. The young Spanish international striker came out in tears in the 96th minute. While he was in the middle of the race to try to put pressure on an opponent during an opponent’s ball outing, Ansu Fati, who came on in the 61st minute in place of Ferran Jutgla, had to go out in overtime, escorted by the management of the Catalan club, trying to hide his face in his jersey.

At 19, Ansu Fati had already suffered a serious right knee injury in November 2020, then after a year of recovery, he suffered a new thigh injury in November during a La Liga trip to the club. Celta Vigo (3-3), and contracted Covid-19 in early January. Returned during the clasico in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup, where he played 55 minutes and scored a goal against Real Madrid despite the elimination of Barça (3-2), the new Catalan N.10 only played his second game since returning.

Without Ousmane Dembélé sidelined by Xavi and the Catalan club because of his refusal to extend and with these new sports and medical tiles, Barça has confirmed its deep crisis.


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