Spanish Copa del Rey - 1st Leg
Ath Bilbao2Barcelona1

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Barcelona

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao secured their first win over Barcelona since 2015

Athletic Bilbao secured a first-leg advantage over Barcelona in their Copa del Rey last-16 tie despite finishing the match with nine men.

Two goals in three first-half minutes from Aritz Aduriz and Inaki Williams put the hosts in control against the 2016 champions.

Lionel Messi reduced the deficit from a free-kick after the break.

Messi also hit a post in stoppage time after both Raul Garcia and Ander Iturraspe had been shown red.

"We struggled at the start," said Barca boss Luis Enrique.

"In the second half we concentrated more on what we could control, our play, and I think we did enough to deserve more, even taking into account Athletic's numerical disadvantage."

Forwards Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar started the match despite only returning to training on Monday after the winter break.

This is the sixth time Barca and Athletic have been paired together in this competition in nine seasons, including three finals.

No side other than Real Madrid has eliminated Barca from the cup since 2008.

The return leg will be played at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, 11 January.

Line-ups

Ath Bilbao

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 2Bóveda
  • 16Etxeita Gorritxategi
  • 4Laporte
  • 24Balenziaga Oruesagasti
  • 6San José
  • 8Iturraspe DerteanoBooked at 80mins
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forElustondo Urkolaat 84'minutes
  • 22GarcíaBooked at 74mins
  • 25Saborit TeixidorSubstituted forMuniain Goñiat 68'minutes
  • 20AdurizBooked at 40minsSubstituted forEraso Goñiat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Elustondo Urkola
  • 5Eraso Goñi
  • 7Etxebarria
  • 10Muniain Goñi
  • 14Susaeta
  • 17Rico
  • 26Arrizabalaga Revuelta

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3Piqué
  • 23UmtitiBooked at 40minsSubstituted forAlcácerat 88'minutes
  • 18AlbaBooked at 45mins
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forTavares Gomesat 71'minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 45mins
  • 8IniestaBooked at 45mins
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 7Turan
  • 12Rafinha
  • 14Mascherano
  • 17Alcácer
  • 19Digne
  • 21Tavares Gomes
  • 25Masip
Referee:
David José Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
45,772

Match Stats

Home TeamAth BilbaoAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home20
Away9

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