Saturday 30 May 2015

Barcelona win 27th Copa del Rey

Lionel Messi scored an astonishing opening goal against Athletic Bilbao as Barcelona lifted the Copa Del Rey in what could be a treble of trophies this season.

Having already clinched the Liga title, and with a Champions League final clash against Juventus set for next week, the Catalans stayed on course for a historic first season under Luis Enrique with a comprehensive victory over Athletic.

It was Messi who provided the brightest highlight in the victory for Barca, squirming through the challenges of three Athletic players and cutting inside before firing a clinical near post finish into the net.

It set Enrique’s side on their way to a comfortable win at the Camp Nou - which welcomed nearly 40,000 visiting Athletic supporters - with Neymar applying the finishing touch on what was a wonderful Barcelona passing move, tapping home after a square pass across the face of goal from Luis Suarez.

Athletic Bilbao improved marginally after the break, but afforded Messi with the chance to score his second and Barcelona’s third of the night - falling asleep in defence as the Argentine nipped in to finish Dani Alves’ low cross.

The Basque side grabbed a consolation goal after 79 minutes, with Inaki Williams beating Sergio Busquets in the air to glance home past Marc Andre Ter Stegen, but Barcelona were rarely troubled as they clinched the Copa Del Rey ahead of next week’s trip to Berlin.

Credit: Eurosport 

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