Barcelona in control of Copa Del Rey quarter-final despite late Athletic Bilbao goal

Barcelona will take a narrow 2-1 lead into next week’s Copa Del Rey quarter-final second leg after getting the better of Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.
Goals from Munir El Haddadi and Neymar put Luis Enrique’s side in control, although Aritz Aduriz’s late finish gives the Basque club some hope ahead of the trip to the Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi missed out on the starting lineup, despite Barcelona’s insistence that the Argentine didn’t sustain an injury in the weekend’s Liga win. Luis Suarez was also sidelined for the Catalans through suspension.
A fiery encounter was punctuated by a number of yellow cards shown to both sides, with tensions boiling over on more than one occasion. Neymar in particular was on the end of some rough treatment from the home side.
Aduriz’s late goal was opportunistic and was perhaps the least that Athletic Bilbao deserved on the balance of play, but Luis Enrique will still feel confident of his side’s chances in making the competition’s semi-finals.

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