Lionel Messi’s Barcelona has dumped out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday night just hours after the squad had enjoyed Shatta Wale’s “borjor” records in the dressing room in a crush with Atletico Bilbao.
Barcelona suffered a 1:0 defeat and was sent off from the Copa Del Rey competition with Real Madrid. Neither of La Liga’s two heavyweights are in the semi-finals for the first time in a decade.
Messi played the full 90 minutes against Athletic Bilbao and had the chance to put Barca into the final four in the 87th minute, only to see his shot one-on-one saved by legs of Unai Simon.
And in the third minute of stoppage time, Inaki Williams struck the winner, rising to meet a cross and heading into the bottom corner to spark ecstasy inside San Mames and prevent extra time and penalties.
Substitute Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati also went close for Barca but the visitors were made to pay for failing to take their chances, the 30-time winners of the cup dumped out before the semi-finals for the first time since 2009-10