FULL TIME: Athletic Club 0-4 Barcelona
BARCELONA WIN THE 2020/21 COPA DEL REY!
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FULL TIME: Athletic Club 0-4 Barcelona
BARCELONA WIN THE 2020/21 COPA DEL REY!
This second half performance from Barcelona has been very impressive. Athletic Club were well in the game at half time, but the contest has been ripped away from them since then.
There will be two minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
And the youngster Ilaix is also on off the bench for the final few minutes.
It should be noted that Pique came off a few moments ago to be replaced by Araujo.
Goal ruled out! Actually, the VAR has taken a look at the fifth goal there for Barcelona and Griezmann was in fact offside when the ball was played in behind. The goal is ruled out!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Athletic Club 0 Barcelona 5 (86 mins - Antoine Griezmann). It's a fifth goal for Barcelona and this is rampant from the Catalans! Griezmann was played in behind, he rounded Simon who was a long way off his line and the Frenchman finishes into the back of the net from a tight angle. Well taken!
PICTURE: Griezmann opened the scoring
It’s not just Messi’s future that is tied to the outcome of the election. Koeman will be eager to find out whether he will be kept on beyond the summer. The Dutchman has impressed after a sticky start to life as Barca boss.
There has been plenty of speculation about Messi’s future after he went public with his desire to leave Barcelona last summer, but a change in president could convince him to stay.
The biggest task Laporta has ahead of him in the immediate term is persuading Messi to stay at Barcelona beyond the end of the season. The Argentine will become a free agent this summer.
Of course, one of the biggest developments at the Camp Nou this season has been the election of Laporta for a second stint as club president. That will change a lot at Barca going forward.
One area Barcelona will almost certainly need to strengthen in going forward is up front. The Catalans still haven’t replaced Luis Suarez since they allowed him to join Atletico Madrid in the summer.
This Barcelona team is very much still a work-in-progress. There is a sense that they could do with another central defender this summer. The upcoming transfer window will be interesting.
Coutinho is another player who has missed the majority of the season through injury, although the Brazilian playmaker’s future at Barcelona was already up in the air.
Injuries have hit Barcelona hard this season, but they have coped well without the likes of Ansu Fati. The teenager isn’t expected to be back on the pitch until the start of next season.
Koeman takes the opportunity to make a change and Roberto is on for Dest.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Athletic Club 0 Barcelona 4 (72 mins - Lionel Messi). A second goal for Messi and a fourth for Barcelona! This is now rampant from the Catalans! Alba cuts back the pass for the Argentine and he finishes into the left-hand corner of the net with a low strike! Simon couldn't keep it out!
De Jong has been such an important figure for Barcelona this season. While he has thrived in a more advanced role, Koeman has used the Dutchman as a fill-in centre back recently.
This season was always likely to be a transitional one for Barcelona and so it has proved. Koeman has brought through a number of key players including Pedri, Mingueza and Araujo.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Athletic Club 0 Barcelona 3 (68 mins - Lionel Messi). What an incredible goal! Three goals in eight minutes for Barcelona and this is the pick of the bunch! Bit of trickery, bit of skill, a one-two on the edge of the box and Messi picks his spot with a low finish into the far corner of the net!
Is there any way back for Athletic Club now? Marcelino needs to unleash his team as an attacking outfit now. The Basque side haven't even managed a shot on target so far!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Athletic Club 0 Barcelona 2 (63 mins - Frenkie de Jong). Barcelona have given themselves a two-goal cushion and it's a long way back for Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final! Alba found de Jong at the back post and the Dutchman headed into the back of the net from close range!
What will Marcelino do now? His whole game plan was about keeping Athletic Club tight at the back and playing on the break, but they will now have to take the match to Barcelona.
At long last, Barcelona have the advantage in the cup final. Athletic Club can have no real complaints. The Catalans have been the better team by quite some distance.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Athletic Club 0 Barcelona 1 (61 mins - Antoine Griezmann). Finally, Barcelona make the breakthrough! De Jong was played in down the right side by Messi, he squared for Griezmann and this time the French forward slams home a finish to give the Catalans the lead in the Copa del Rey final!
Athletic Club have yet to register a shot on target while Barcelona had had five. That tells you a lot about the way this match has gone so far. Athletic Club have offered very little.
Dest has been a standout for Barcelona in recent weeks, although he only lasted 45 minutes of the Clasico. The American international has nailed down a starting spot at right back since joining last summer.
A second change is made by Marcelino and Vesga comes on for Berenguer.
He should have scored! What an opportunity for Barca to find the back of the net! An Athletic Club clearance landed at the feet of the midfielder six yards out, but Simon denies him!
Pedri shoots wide! The teenage playmaker is set up for the shot on the edge of the box, but his strike picks up a slight deflection and flashes wide of the post! Not far away at all!
PICTURE: Messi has been lively
It’s fair to say Messi is playing a slightly different role for Barcelona as he gets older. His scoring stats are still incredible, but the Argentine has added more assists to his game.
Messi has looked more like himself in recent weeks. There is a growing sense at the Camp Nou that the Argentine will remain at the club beyond the summer after the election of Joan Laporta.
Replays show that Simon actually made the save with his leg to deny Griezmann there, but no corner kick was given. Barcelona didn't even protest for one. It was a save, though!
GRIEZMANN... wide! How didn't that end up in the back of the net?! Messi played Dest in behind, he squared for Griezmann, but the Frenchman somehow sticks his shot wide of the post!
Barcelona have dominated possession so far but Koeman will surely want his players to turn that possession into more opportunities in this second period. More creativity needed.
Marcelino has made a change at the break and it's Lekue on for Muniain. Injury?
The second half is under way! It's still goaless between Athletic Club and Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final!
HALF TIME: Athletic Club 0-0 Barcelona. There's no doubting Barcelona have been the better of the two teams so far, but Marcelino will be thankful that the scoreline is still level.
There will be one minute of stoppage time played at the end of the first half.
This is a bit better from Athletic Club at the end of the first half. This is in fact the best period they have had in the match as they work their way into the attacking third.
Good cross! Williams is given the chance to run at the Barcelona defence for the first time this evening, he creates the crossing chance, but the ball was too close to ter Stegen.
Finally, D. Garcia is shown a yellow card for yet another foul on Messi.
Barca unhappy! The referee has now given Barcelona a freekick on the edge of the box, but he really should have played the advantage! The ball had fallen for Alba in the penalty box!
Having received some treatment, Messi is back on the pitch. That will be a relief to everyone associated with Barcelona. It really was a rough tackle from D. Garcia moments ago.
Messi is now back on his feet after that rough tackle and is making his point to the referee as well. The referee has let a lot go so the game can flow, but that was a booking.
That's a rough tackle from D. Garcia on Messi. Pique is making the argument to the referee that the Athletic Club midfielder should be seeing yellow for that. Strong case.
It must be noted that Pique has been excellent in this first half, although Williams hasn't yet had an opportunity to run at the Barcelona centre back. That would be a real test.
Athletic Club have put in a number of challenges which only be described as rugged. Barcelona are starting to point out to the referee that he should be reaching into his book.
There are some signs of frustration starting to creep into Barcelona's body language. They have been well on top in this first half, but the Catalans have struggled to create chances.
Dest attempts to get a cross into the middle from the right side, but Balenziaga stands up tall against the Barcelona right back and makes the block. Barca turning the screw.
It’s even been suggested that the emergence of Pedri could help persuade Messi to stay at Barcelona. The two players appear to be on the same wavelength with Messi as a mentor.
Pedri has been one of the biggest success stories of Barcelona’s season. The teenager has very quickly become a key figure for Koeman. He is an incredible talent already playing at a high level.
If Athletic Club are going to end up with the trophy in their hands this evening you get the feeling they will have to keep things tight at the back. Marcelino knows how to organise a defence.
Messi denied in the box! The Argentine plays a wonderful scooped pass into Mingueza, he then heads it back to Messi, but his low shot is blocked by Yeray before it can test Simon!
PICTURE: Beard-less Messi tonight!
Williams had an excellent game against Barcelona in that Spanish Supercopa final. He also scored in the La Liga defeat at home to Barca for Athletic Club at the start of the year.
As already referenced, Athletic Club have beaten Barcelona in a cup final this season, coming from behind to edge out the Catalans in extra time of the Spanish Supercopa final.
This is the second Copa del Rey final that Athletic Club have played this month having lost to Real Sociedad just two weeks ago. What a straight situation that they are playing another final so soon afterwards.
Koeman has placed a great emphasis on the Copa del Rey this season. He knows he needs a trophy to prove Barcelona are moving in the right direction under his stewardship.
Barcelona come into this match on the back of a 2-1 defeat away to Real Madrid in El Clasico. Before that, though, Koeman’s side had won 12 out of 13 league matches.
PICTURE: No early breakthrough
Messi takes aim! That was a chance for the Barcelona number 10 inside the Athletic Club penalty box, but Lopez took the sting out of the strike and Simon makes the save.
The stats show that Barcelona have had a massive 87% of possession so far. That is reflective of what we have seen. Athletic Club are struggling to get a touch of the ball!
Big chance! That was a real opportunity for Athletic Club to take the lead with Martinez getting on the end of a freekick delivery into trhe box, but he could only guide wide on the stretch.
It's been a decent start from Barcelona. They are the ones on the front foot, although this is what we expected from them. Athletic Club are sitting back and soaking it up.
Shot from Dest! The American international cuts itself from his position on the right side and gets the left-footed strike away, but he puts his effort wide of the post. Simon had it covered.
Off the post! So close to an opener for Barcelona in the first 10 minutes! Messi burst in behind, set up de Jong for the shot and the Dutch midfielder guided his low shot off the base of the far post!
That flag is up! That was a strange decision from the linesman who saw an offside against either Alba or Messi when there didn't appear to be one. Athletic Club get away with one.
Athletic Club beat Barcelona in the final of the Spanish Supercopa back in January. Marcelino also led Valencia to a Copa del Rey final victory over Barca a couple seasons ago.
It's 3-5-2 for Barcelona once again this evening. Pique has returned to the starting lineup. That should be a boost for the Catalans, but he has some touch games against Athletic in the past!
What sort of match will we get here? Barcelona will be favourites, but Marcelino knows how to get the better of the Catalans in a cup final having done twice before as a manager.
The match is under way! It's Athletic Club against Barcelona in this Copa del Rey final!
Okay, here we go. We are about to get under way in Seville. Kick off is just moments away.
Marcelino has made no fewer than NINE changes to his starting lineup for this one from last weekend!
The two teams are out at the Olympic Stadium in Seville. Of course, no fans in the stands for this one.
Not long until kick off in Seville. The second Copa del Rey final this month! Barcelona will be favourites, but Marcelino has already beaten them twice in a cup final as a manager!
Koeman has placed a big emphasis on the Copa del Rey this season. He knows a trophy will help him prove that Barcelona are heading in the right direction under his control.
Pique starts! There's no doubting where the big team news for Barcelona ahead of this one! Pique is back in the starting lineup having missed the last few weeks through injury.
TEAM NEWS: Athletic Club - Simon, de Marcos, Yeray, Martinez, Balenziaga, Berenguer, D. Garcia, Lopez, Muniain, Williams, R. Garcia. /// Barcelona - ter Stegen, Lenglet, Pique, Mingueza, Alba, Dest, Pedri, Busquets, de Jong, Messi, Griezmann.
This is the second Copa del Rey final this month that Athletic Club will have played having lost to Real Sociedad in the 2019/20 edition of the competition. Second time lucky?
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