Copa del Rey

  • Iñaki Williams 79’
  • 20’ L. Messi
  • 36’ Neymar
  • 74’ L. Messi
31/05/2015
Copa del Rey
Camp Nou
Attendance 99,354

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 0'
      Barcelona win their 27th Spanish Cup in a relatively comfortable 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the first period with a goal of the very highest order and subsequent strikes from Neymar and another from the Argentine was enough to cancel out Inaki Willia
    • 0'
      FULL TIME AT CAMP NOU! BARCELONA WIN THE COPA DEL REY!
    • 0'
      Half time in the Copa del Rey final. Barcelona head into the break with a relatively comfortable 2-0 lead thanks to a goal right out of the top drawer from Messi and a tapped finish from Neymar after some scintillating build-up play. Luis Enrique's men have been in quite the mood tonight and are ooz
    • 0'
      The teams have took to the field and we are almost ready for kick off!
    • 0'
      Athletic did not have the luxury of being able to make such changes in the last game of the season a week ago, so it is only two alterations for them. De Marcos, who is injured, and Aketxe miss out and coming into the starting line-up is Bustinza and Mikel Rico.
    • 0'
      A massive nine changes from Barcelona from their previous match, which was a 2-2 draw at home to Deportivo. Masip, Adriano, Mathieu, Vermaelen, Bartra, Xavi, Rafinha, Pedro, and Sergi Roberto are withdrawn, and coming into the starting XI is Ter Stegen, Alba, Dani Alves, Pique, Busquets, Iniesta, Ra
    • 0'
      Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
    • 0'
      Athletic Bilbao (4-2-3-1): Herrerin; Bustinza, Etxeita, Laporte, Balenziaga; San Jose, Rico; Iraola, Benat, Williams; Aduriz.
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS...
    • 0'
      The pair have already faced each other twice in the league this season, with Barcelona prevailing in both fixtures. An impressive 5-2 away win at San Mames was preceded by a comfortable 2-0 home victory at Camp Nou in September, with Neymar scoring against his opponents today twice over those two ma
    • 0'
      Both Athletic and Barca saw off Spanish Primera Division top 10 sides in the semi-final stage a few weeks ago. Ernesto Valverde's outfit successfully overcame Espanyol 3-1 over two legs and the Blaugrana made their way to the final thanks to a comprehensive 7-2 aggregate win over Villarreal.
    • 0'
      There has been somewhat of an ongoing feud between the two La Liga sides in this competition historically. In recent years they have faced each other in 2009 and 2012, with Barcelona running out victorious on both occasions with a 4-1 and 3-0 win respectively. Revenge will certainly be on the cards
    • 0'
      Tonight's match actually sees the two most successful sides in the history of the Copa del Rey go head-to-head. Barcelona have won the competition more times than any other team, with 26 triumphs. However, Athletic are not far behind and have won the Spanish Cup 23 times, but their last victory in t
    • 0'
      Tonight's focus is on the Spanish Cup, however, and Luis Enrique's men have the odd honour of featuring as the away side at Camp Nou despite it being their home ground. The draw has worked out in such a way that Athletic are officially the home side in this fixture, and are expected to take in exces
    • 0'
      Barcelona's pursuit of a historic treble continues today as they attempt to win the Spanish Cup after successfully winning the Spanish Primera Division with a victory over Atletico Madrid a couple of weeks ago. If the domestic cup can be lifted after this clash, then only Juventus in the Champions L
    • 0'
      I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
    • 0'
      Good evening folks! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona from Camp Nou!
    • 1'
      We are under way at Camp Nou! Who will be crowned Copa del Rey champions?!
    • 2'
      Neymar collects the ball down the left touchline but is forced inside by rookie Athletic right-back, Bustinza. The Brazilian eventually finds himself surrounded by plenty of red and white shirts, but squeezes out of the predicament and manages to find Mascherano with a pass.
    • 4'
      It is a predictably fantastic atmosphere in Camp Nou at the moment as the Basque supporters and the Catalan supporters both attempt to get behind their teams with gusto. Whenever Barcelona have possession they are greeted with a chorus of boos from the 50,000 strong Athletic fans. They won't be used
    • 6'
      Mascherano strides forward from his position at centre back and makes his way into midfield before attempting to find Neymar with an ambitious diagonal pass. The former Santos attacker attempts to get on the end of it but there was just too much pace on the pass, which gifts Athletic a throw in deep
    • 8'
      It has been an extremely high tempo opening few minutes here at Camp Nou as Barcelona dictate possession in the early stages, but at the same time they find themselves constantly hounded by the Athletic midfield, whose pressing has been of an increased intensity up until this point. How long can the
    • 10'
      GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL FOR BARCELONA! WAIT! NO! OFFSIDE! Messi cuts in from the right wing and typically looks for the run at the back post from Neymar. The pass from the Argentine is perfection and his South American compatriot brilliantly volleys into the corner, but the play is brought back as the lin
    • 11'
      Barcelona are camped in the opposition penalty area at the moment and are peppering the Athletic goal with a series of shots! The pick of the bunch comes from Suarez, who breaks away to the right before smashing a strike towards the bottom corner, but he is thwarted by the right leg of the keeper, H
    • 13'
      Athletic have somehow managed to come out of that couple of minutes of extreme Barcelona pressure unscathed! There was some desperate defending going on from the Basque side, but they can take confidence from the fact they shut out the opponents bravely. They'll need to keep it up you would think!
    • 15'
      Busquets receives the ball to feet in the centre of midfield and finds himself under intense pressure once again, this time from the hard working Aduriz. The former Valencia striker hustles and harries, but the Barca man typically remains calm and eventually finds Alba with a precise pass to the lef
    • 17'
      Messi pops up down the right flank and collects possession before teasing Balenziaga with a series of lightning quick touches of the ball. The Argentine, uncharacteristically, takes one touch too many though which allows the left-back to sneak in and tackle and subsequently earn a throw in.
    • 19'
      Laporte is a lucky, lucky man! The Athletic defender goes down very softly at the back under the challenge of Suarez which gifts the Uruguayan a route to goal! The former Liverpool striker drives forward but the referee lets the former off the hook by blowing for a foul!
    • 20'
      G L. Messi Assist Dani Alves
    • 20'
      Dani Alves gave the assist.
    • 20'
      WHAT A GOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLL FROM LIONEL MESSI!!! SENSATIONAL!! The Argentine picks up the ball down the right-hand side and finds himself surrounded by three opponents, only to escape with a clever nutmeg! He continues to drive forward into the box and finishes his dribble off with an emphatic finish
    • 22'
      There really are no more superlatives to describe the man that is Lionel Messi. There is no other player in the world that could have scored that goal, and it is an important one too as it has gave Barcelona the lead in the Copa del Rey final!
    • 24'
      BIG SAVE FROM HERRERIN! This time Suarez escapes the offside trap down the right wing and glides ahead before attempting to find Neymar with a lashed cross along the box! The Brazilian very nearly turns a strike towards goal but the Athletic keeper proactively comes off his line to clear! Great goal
    • 26'
      AND AGAIN A SAVE FROM HERRERIN! A high cross is floated into the box and Pique gets beyond the Athletic defence to direct a strike towards goal, but the keeper's positioning is spot on which allows him to tip over the crossbar! He is certainly going to be a busy man tonight!
    • 28'
      Neymar and Iraola have got into a few spats so far and the latest comes as the right-back turned right winger goes in late on the Brazilian near the touchline. There wasn't too much in it to be fair and the referee quickly comes in to intervene and ensure the situation doesn't exacerbate.
    • 30'
      Alba goes on a marauding run down the left wing and makes his way to the byline before driving a teasing cross into the box. It flashes along the penalty area only a few yards from goal but Suarez just can't manage to stretch a foot out to turn a strike into the net!
    • 32'
      Barcelona have took a real foothold of this game after going ahead through that ludicrously good goal from Messi. Not that it wasn't already, but you can see the confidence is flowing through the veins of each player. Athletic are going to have to do something, anything, to curb the ascendancy of th
    • 34'
      Perhaps ominously, Athletic are already showing slight signs of fatigue and it has no doubt stemmed from their brave tactic of pressing Barcelona right from the kick off. Their intensity has dropped now which means they have subsequently moved deeper and deeper.
    • 36'
      G Neymar Assist Dani Alves
    • 36'
      The assist came from L. Suárez.
    • 36'
      GOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA! ANOTHER MASTERCLASS FROM LOS CULES! Rakitic exchanges a neat one-two with Messi before threading a pass through to Suarez. The Uruguayan unselfishly picks out Neymar at the back post who slides into the empty net! Brilliant build-up! Two-nil!
    • 38'
      Unfortunately for Athletic Blbao, this just seems to be one of those nights when Barcelona just seem incredibly up for the game. The passing from the Camp Nou side has just been scintillating, and the Basque side now find themselves two goals down despite not playing particularly badly.
    • 40'
      SO UNLUCKY WILLIAMS! Benat finds space down the right flank and cleverly dinks a lovely pass in behind the Barcelona defence for the 20-year-old, who spectacularly fires a superb volley towards goal, but his attempt cannons off the top of the bar! That would have rivalled Messi's goal had it went in
    • 42'
      Piqué is cautioned by the referee.
    • 42'
      A couple of yellow cards in quick succession here as Pique is penalised for a late slide tackle on Aduriz right in front of the dugout and Iraola goes into the book a minute or so later for a challenge on Suarez.
    • 43'
      Iraola is yellow-carded.
    • 43'
      SAVE FROM HERRERIN! Messi steps up to take the free kick from the Iraola foul and swings the set-piece towards the top corner. It looks in all the way but the Athletic goalkeeper once again sees his stock rise with an excellent stop to tip over the bar!
    • 46'
      The Copa del Rey final is back under way! Is Barcelona's name on the trophy already?
    • 47'
      Williams collects possession on the halfway line and displays some impressive strength on the ball before earning a foul out of Busquets. The 20-year-old has been a rare shining light for Athletic in this match - they just need to get the ball to him more often.
    • 49'
      Benat whips a corner kick into the box and San Jose gets in front of Dani Alves, but does so with a rather high boot. The Brazilian takes a sore one to the head and takes a few moments to compose himself on the deck, as Barca are awarded a free kick. The former Sevilla man's fetching new hairdo rema
    • 51'
      Barcelona counterattack at pace with the attacking trident of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar all involved. The Argentine leads the charge and receives the ball on the edge of the box, but Athletic get back in numbers and eventually manage to smuggle possession away from danger.
    • 53'
      Much better from Athletic at the moment. A game of head-tennis ensues in the Barcelona box and the ball eventually falls to Iraola, who attempts a half-volley towards the top corner. The strike takes a deflection on its way through though and the Catalan side concede the corner kick.
    • 55'
      A moment of history now as we will see Xavi's last ever appearance in a Barcelona shirt at Camp Nou. The club captain is the first substitute of the match and he'll come into central midfield in place of Iniesta, who gives his usual partner in crime a pat on the back as he trudges off.
    • 56'
      SI Xavi SO Dani Alves
    • 56'
      Xavi enters the game and replaces Iniesta.
    • 57'
      That Xavi substitution is subsequently followed by another bit of history - this time for Athletic Bilbao. Iraola is coming off in what is his last ever appearance for the Basque side after agreeing a move to join Major League Soccer. He'll be replaced by Markel Susaeta in what is a positive change
    • 58'
      SI Susaeta SO Dani Alves
    • 58'
      Balenziaga is yellow-carded.
    • 58'
      Iraola is replaced with Susaeta.
    • 59'
      There was no sentiment in place for either of those substitutions as Xavi coming on was roundly booed by the Athletic fans and Iraola coming off was roundly booed by the Barca fans. Two legends of their respective clubs, and they are sure to be missed.
    • 61'
      Athletic have acquitted themselves slightly better in the opening 15 minutes of this second half. It looks like a set-piece may be their best bet of finding their opening goal as Barca, who are usually impressive at defending corners and free kicks, have had trouble clearing their lines in these sit
    • 63'
      The rivalry between these two sets of fans is there for all to see and it is making for a fantastic atmosphere. Usually in Spanish league games the allocation for away fans is so small we don't get noise like this, but the travelling Basque supporters are certainly making their voices heard.
    • 65'
      One thing that Athletic can perhaps take confidence from is that fact that Barcelona may indeed take their foot off the gas as the match goes on due to the fact that they have the Champions League final next week against Juventus. Nobody will want to over exert themselves and get injured, so Valverd
    • 67'
      Iñaki Williams is cautioned by the referee.
    • 67'
      Aduriz takes the ball down with an excellent touch up top and swiftly turns before looking to release Susaeta down the right channel, but the pass is struck far too strongly and, despite the substitute's best attempts to recover the attack, Barca are gifted a goal kick.
    • 69'
      Athletic's vital final cross, shot, or pass has been their undoing tonight as the quality has not really been there to hurt Barca. Williams was extremely unlucky with that volley off the bar in the first half, but apart from that Ter Stegen has been pretty comfortable in between the sticks.
    • 71'
      I mentioned previously that Barcelona may have one eye on next week as the game goes on, and it appears that has already started to creep in. The quality of their play has not dropped by any means, but more the tempo of their movement and passing. Attacking trio have been quiet in the second half by
    • 74'
      G L. Messi Assist Dani Alves
    • 74'
      SI Iturraspe SO Dani Alves
    • 74'
      Mikel Rico is replaced with Iturraspe.
    • 74'
      The assist came from Dani Alves.
    • 74'
      GOOOAAAALLLL! GOOOAAAALL! GOOOAAALL FOR BARCELONA! THAT SHOULD SEAL THE SPANISH CUP! Dani Alves exchanges a lovely one-two with Rakitic down the right and then drives forward before reversing a cross into the box. The entire Athletic defence stands still and Messi takes advantage to dash in and fini
    • 75'
      SI Ibai SO Dani Alves
    • 75'
      Ibai enters play, replacing Beñat.
    • 75'
      Athletic react quickly to going further behind and make their last two changes. Ibai Gomez and Ander Iturraspe are coming on and they'll replace Mikel Rico and Benat in midfield. Highly unlikely the alterations will bear any significance on this final result.
    • 77'
      SI J. Mathieu SO Dani Alves
    • 77'
      J. Mathieu comes on for Jordi Alba.
    • 77'
      Barcelona follow suit not long after and make their third and final change, and it will see Suarez, who is not long back from injury, replaced by Pedro for the last 13 minutes of normal time. The World Cup winner has 11 goals this season, which is pretty impressive considering he hardly gets much ga
    • 78'
      SI Pedro SO Dani Alves
    • 78'
      L. Suárez is replaced with Pedro.
    • 79'
      G Iñaki Williams Assist Dani Alves
    • 79'
      Assist by Ibai.
    • 79'
      GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR ATHLETIC BILBAO! The Basque side claw a goal back! Ibai pops up down the left wing and swings an excellent cross into the box for Williams, who out-jumps Pique to glance a lovely header into the bottom corner! Three-one!
    • 82'
      Just under 10 minutes remaining in the Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona and a goal from the Basque outfit right about now would certainly ensure an exciting climax. A lot to ask, though!
    • 84'
      Neymar has come under some pretty rough treatment tonight and the latest poor tackle on him comes from Bustinza, who takes the Brazilian out from behind. Definite signs of frustration coming from the Athletic players now!
    • 86'
      It is all kicking off at Camp Nou now and Neymar is involved again! The former Santos man shows off incredible skill to flick up and loop the ball over the Athletic defender, only to go down rather easily. The players in red and whit are incensed at the Barca man's perceived lack of respect, and sur
    • 87'
      Aduriz is cautioned by the referee.
    • 88'
      Neymar receives a yellow card.
    • 88'
      The second half performance from Barcelona has been highly professional. No excess energy has been expelled and they have made Athletic do all the running in the central areas. They should be in good shape to take on Juve next week.
    • 90'
      Busquets goes into the referee's book.
    • 90'
      XAVI! How close was that?! The Barcelona captain nearly signs off in his domestic career with the Blaugrana with a typically precise free kick, but his attempt unluckily bounces off the top of the bar!
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Attacker
    spain
    Iñaki Williams
    9

    SUBSTITUTES

    Defender
    spain
    Jordi Alba
    18
    77'Substituted
    Midfielder
    brazil
    Rafinha
    12

    MANAGERS

    spain
    Gaizka Garitano
    spain
    Ernesto Valverde

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 28 11
    Yellow Cards 4 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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