- Lionel Messi missed a chance which could have helped Barcelona avoid crashing out of Spanish Cup championship
- The Argentine was faced with a glorious chance towards the end of the meeting
- Messi failed to convert the chance as they lost 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao at the end of their quarterfinal clash
Lionel Messi failed to help Barcelona progress to the Spanish Cup semifinals following their 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames Stadium.
The 32-year-old Argentine superstar was presented with a one-on-one chance to hand his side the lead towards the end of the game.
But he was denied by the home team's goalkeeper Unai Simon after saving the ball with his legs after which Inaki Willaims' flicking header sealed the victory for the hosts.
The Frenchman connected well with Ibai Gomez's cross from the right flank and broke the deadlock for the hosts three minutes after regulation period.
Antoine Griezmann came on later in the game but his presence also was not enough to shoot the Catalans to the next stage of the competition.
Meanwhile, their rivalry continues with Real Madrid who also got bundled out of the competition after losing 4-3 to Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu.
A defeat which brought their 21-match unbeaten run to a sudden halt across all competitions in the early kick-off.
Legit.ng earlier reported that 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.
Also, Pep Guardiola has explained that his former club Barcelona will fight for survival when Lionel Messi leaves the Nou Camp.
The argentine superstar has never played for any other club except Barcelona where he has won all the trophies in football with only the FIFA World Cup missing in his cabinet.
The 32-year-old made it clear many times that he is happy playing for the Catalan giant and have no plan to leave the club where he made his name.