Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Williams' goal propels Bilbao to Spanish Cup semifinal

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Williams' goal propels Bilbao to Spanish Cup semifinal

- Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona's Spanish Cup quarterfinal went in favour of Bilbao

- The Catalans crash out of this season's Copa Del Rey losing 1-0 at San Mames

- Inako Williams scored the only goal in the 93rd minute to propel his team to the semifinals

Barcelona have crashed out of this season's Spanish Cup championship following their 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.

Inaki Williams' 93rd-minute lone strike ensured the Catalans were ousted from the competition at the quarterfinal stage after both sides had gone all through the encounter without a goal.

The 25-year-old Spaniard flicked a header into the left corner of Marc-Andre ter Stegen's post after running into space to connect with Ibai Gomez's cross moments before the final whistle.

Team captain, Lionel Messi had a chance of handing his side the lead earlier in the game, but he failed to convert the chance.

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While Antoine Griezmann was also brought on to help the visitors break the deadlock, however, Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simon did a good job stopping the Frenchman's effort.

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Meanwhile, their exit is coming minutes after their arch-rivals Real Madrid were also bundled out of the championship by Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zinedine Zidane's men scored three goals but it was not enough to propel them to the semifinals as the visitors outscored them with the scoreline ending 4-3 after all.

After the match, Setien told the media that his side has made progress despite their ouster from the competition - making reference to their other games away from home.

Taking into account what has happened to us in other games from home, we have taken a step forward in terms of what we have to improve,” Setien told reporters.

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It is the same as ever; there are days when you have one chance and put it in, and there are days where you have ten and can’t do it. There isn’t a reasonable explanation.

I have never known what to blame it on. Their goal came from a play that wasn’t dangerous. There are things that can’t be controlled and this is one of them.

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Everything went well, except for the result. I am happy with the team’s work.”

Barcelona travel to the Benito Villamarín Stadium this weekend to battle Real Betis as they hope to return to winning ways.

The first leg of their meeting ended 5-2 in favour of the Blaugrana but that was under former manager Ernesto Valverde who was shown the exit door last month.

Barca are also trailing their competitors Madrid with three points on the log and a further slip up will make their title contention a lot more difficult.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona narrowly beat visitors Levante 2-1 in Sunday's Spanish league encounter at the Camp Nou.

The victory helped the Catalans reduced Real Madrid's gap on the table to three points after 22 round of fixtures.

Ansu Fati scored the two goals that powered the Blaugrana to victory while Ruben Rochina's strike ended up a mere consolation as it failed to rescue them from defeat.

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