Athletic Bilbao dump Barca out of Copa Del Rey

Barcelona were dumped out of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals as they were beaten 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao after a stoppage-time header from Inaki Williams.

Striker Williams glanced a cross into the bottom corner to spark jubilant scenes inside a rocking San Mames stadium, just moments after he had squandered a gilt-edged chance.

Barca captain Lionel Messi spurned a glorious late opportunity for the visitors when he could only shoot at the legs of Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simon, while his fellow striker Antoine Griezmann also came close in the second half.

The Catalans have won the Cup a record 30 times but join Real Madrid in being knocked out after Zinedine Zidane’s side were¬†beaten 4-3 at home to Real Sociedad earlier on Thursday.

It means for the first time since 2010, the Copa del Rey final will feature neither Barcelona nor Real.

The two surprise results come a day after second-tier side Mirandes defeated Villarreal 4-2. Granada, who overcame Valencia 2-1, make up the semi-final line-up.



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