On April 3, Athletic scored at La Cartuja to play the late final of the previous King’s Cup. The decisive match of the 2019/20 season was postponed for the first time due to the pandemic, then the two teams were late to play this match because they wanted the fans to appear in the stands. Ultimately, that just wasn’t possible, and last year’s final was played shortly before this year. Real Sociedad won the cup 1-0.
Two weeks later, Marcelino’s chosen characters reappear at the Olympic Stadium in Seville. And again, until the end of the first half, they still hoped to win the cup. Then and now it was 0-0 until the end of the first half, but Barcelona’s goals were hanging in the air on Saturday.
Already in the first half, the Catalan Pride was much better. Ronald Koeman’s accusation rate was 84%. Possession of the ball in the first half, and another statistic was more telling. Oscar Minges scored 63 accurate passes, including 56 athletes combined.
For a long time, this did not translate into favorable situations. In the first 45 minutes, it was only twice as hot in front of Athletic’s goal. First, Leo Messi brilliantly in Antoine Griezmann’s alley, the French had possession of the ball, but he could not shoot, so he withdrew to the Argentine, but was blocked. In another position, Messi ended up on the right side of the penalty area and passed the ball to Frienki De Jong. The Dutchman tried it on the mail.
After switching sides, the target’s scent lingered in the Basque penalty area. Shortly after the break, Messi fired Sergio Diesta on the right flank, who gave the ball to Griezmann, but Unai Simon was in front. This only strengthened Barcelona’s scoring hopes. Soon it was Griezmann who threw the ball at Pedri, who also failed to surprise the Athletic goalkeeper. Simon also showed a successful tackle after a moment, when Sergio Busquets fired an circumstantial shot from a short distance.
In the 60th minute, another acceleration of the action on one of the wings gave Barcelona a final goal. This time de Jong played from the right, only Griezmann put his foot down and the Catalans deserved the lead. The Basques did not manage to clear the goal and took another blow. This time, Jordi Alba’s cross was ended with a smart header shot by De Jong.
Then Messi was honored with his excellent performance twice. The Argentine easily beat his opponent in the penalty area and tried a long trumpet. After a spell of 0: 4. After Alba’s flat cross, Messi hit the short corner this time.
The ball entered the net for the fifth time, but Griezmann did not score after consulting the video assistant referee. Video analysis showed the Frenchman was an infiltrator.
Athletic Bilbao – Barcelona 0: 4 (0: 0)
Goals: Griezmann (60), De Young (63), Messi (68 and 72).
Judge: Juan Martínez Monoeira
Yellow Cards: Danny Garcia, Birchich
Athlete: Simone-de Marcos, Alvarez (67. Nunez), Martinez, Balenziaga-Berenguer (54. Visja), Dani Garcia, Lopez (68. Birchich), Muniain (46. Liqui)-Williams (67. Filiber), Raul Garcia
Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Mingueza (88. Braithwaite), Pique (81. Araujo), Lenglet – Busquets – Dest (74. Roberto), De Jong, Pedri (81. Moriba), Alba – Messi, Griezmann (87. Dembele)