Iker Muniain’s extra-time penalty earned Athletic Bilbao a 3-2 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final 16, with final season’s overwhelmed finalists gaining revenge on the holders in an exciting encounter.
Having opened the scoring in the second minute of the match, the Athletic captain stepped up to beat Marc-André ter Stegen from the spot in the primary half of extra time. The penalty was awarded by the VAR after Jordi Alba was judged to have dealt with a cross in the realm.
Athletic had been seconds from profitable the sport in regular time after Iñigo Martínez bought the higher of Gerard Piqué to rating in the 86th minute – however Pedri produced a high-quality equaliser deep in stoppage time at San Mamés.
The sport had been poised at 1-1 from the twentieth minute onwards, after Ferran Torres’ excellent strike – his first objective for Barça since becoming a member of from Manchester Metropolis. Muniain’s opener got here from a fantastic cross-shot which curled previous Ter Stegen and into the highest nook.
Eden Hazard scored a late winner in extra time to assist Actual Madrid earn a 2-1 win at Elche, in a match the place each side had a participant despatched off, however supervisor Carlo Ancelotti hit out at fixture congestion after a gruelling sport 4 days after his aspect received the Tremendous Cup in Saudi Arabia.
With the sport goalless after 90 minutes, took the lead in the 103rd minute, moments after Madrid defender Marcelo had been despatched off for an expert foul. Gonzalo Verdú scored the objective, his shot from exterior the realm deflecting in off Dani Ceballos. The ten males responded rapidly although, Isco redirecting Ceballos’ shot into the online.
Within the second half of extra time, Eden Hazard picked up a cross from David Alaba on the break, rounded the keeper and slotted residence for his first objective for Madrid since Might. Hazard initially thought he was offside, however the objective was awarded by the VAR. On the different finish, Elche thought they’d grabbed a late winner, just for it to be disallowed for a foul.
Ancelotti described the fixture schedule as “absolute nonsense” after the group’s third knockout sport in eight days, and the second settled in extra time. “It’s inevitable that it has to change,” the Italian added. “I hope those that do it get up and make a calendar that’s fairer.”
“It’s an enormous accomplishment profitable the best way we did at Elche. I’m very pleased,” added Ancelotti, who rested a quantity. “I believe it was the sport that gave me probably the most pleasure to win this season as a result of the group confirmed loads of power. I’ve a bunch of gamers that has every part. They by no means surrender, [and] have a rare character.”
As well as to Actual Madrid and Athletic, six extra top-flight groups shall be in Friday’s quarter-final draw: Actual Sociedad, Valencia, Actual Betis, Cádiz, Mallorca and Rayo Vallecano.