Barcelona’s campaign has been improving in 2021 despite losing in SuperCopa de Espana final. In Copa Del Rey this midweek, Ronald Koeman really put a master class display of remontada or great comeback at the quarter final against Granada on the road. They crushed Roberto Soldado and Co 5-3. Blaugrana were two goals behind first by Kenedy and Roberto Soldado. The magic came in 88th minute when Antoine Griezmann scored a lifeline. The Frenchman also provided an assist for Jordi Alba’s equaliser just before the final whistle. Ten minutes later in the extra time, they had their first lead in the game by the former Atletico man’s brace. Fede Vico was able to put the home side on a level term by his penalty. However, it lasted only for five minutes before the Catalan side bagged two more by Frankie de Jong and Jordi Alba’s brace. In the last four, another challenge is waiting for them, Sevilla, which they have not been able to win in their last two meetings.
Granada vs Barcelona 3-5 (AET)
Goals: Kenedy (33), Roberto Soldado (47); Antoine Griezmann (88) (100), Jordi Alba (90) (113), Frankie de Jong (108)
Granada: A Escandell – Neva, Domingos Duarte, German Sanchez, Victor Diaz (Dimitri Foulquier 46) – Alberto Soro (Fede Vico 58), Yan Eteki (Nehuen Perez (106), Angel Montoro, Antonio Puertas (Jesus Vallejo 80) – Kenedy (Darwin Machis 46), Roberto Soldado (Luis Suarez 66)
Barcelona: Marc Ter-Stegen – Jordi Alba, Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto (Sergino Dest 57), Samuel Umtiti (Martin Braithwaite 63) – Frankie de Jong, Pedri (Clement Lenglet 106), Sergio Busquets (Riqui Puig 76) – Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi, Trincao (Ousmane Dembele 63)
In the meantime, Spanish Super Cup Winner 2020, Athletic Bilbao had to count on penalty shoot-out to progress to the semifinal. In the tight clash against Real Betis, Marcelino’s men conceded first as Juanmi found the back of the net. Luckily, Raul Garcia’s late header put them back on a level term. The match continued through the extra time but only a few decent chances came from long shots. At last, the penalties came and the lady luck smiled at the Basque’s side. They eventually won 4-1. Unai Simon was the hero by making two saves. At the next stage, Bilbao will be facing off Levante.
Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao 1-1 (1-4) (PEN)
Goals: Juanmi (84); Raul Garcia (90)
Penalties: Aissa Mandi (v), Sergio Canales (x), Juanmi (x) ; Raul Garcia (v), Inaki Williams (v) Jon Morcillo (v), Yuri Berchiche (v)
Real Betis: Joel Robles – Aissa Mandi, Martin Montoya, Juan Miranda (Emerson 106), V Ruiz – Guido Rodriguez (Joaquin 91), A Ruibal (Juanmi 74) – Nabil Fekir (Sidnei 90), Sergi Canales, William Carvalho (Cristian Tello 106) – Borja Iglesias (Andres Guardrado 88).
Athletic Bilbao : Unai Simon – Ingo Martinez, I Lekue (Andre Capa 78), Yeray Alvarez, Yuri Berchiche – Dani Garcia (Unai Vencedor 78), Alex Berenguer (Unai Lopez 88), Oscar de Marcos , Mikel Vesga (Jon Morcillo 88) – Raul Garcia, Ander Villalibre (Inaki Williams 67)
Levante vs Villareal 1-0
Almeria vs Sevilla 0-1