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Sunday, 31 May 2015

FOOTBALL: Barcelona Beat Club Athletic to Clinch Copa Del Rey

Barcelona are just a win away from a treble after beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Copa Del Rey final on Saturday.

Lionel Messi opened scoring with another extraordinary solo effort. Neymar doubled the lead before the Argentine super star rounded off an impressive evening at the Nou Camp.


Youngster Inaki Williams grabbed a consolation for the Basque club. The 20-year-old Spaniard also struck the crossbar in the 41st minute.

The Catalans now head to Berlin next week Friday, raring to claim their first treble since the 2008-09 season when they face Italian champions Juventus at the Olympia stadion.

Neymar bundled a neat volley inside the net in the tenth minute but his celebration was cut short by the referee’s whistle which signaled for offside.

The La Liga champions were soon celebrating their opener via Messi’s masterclass; the four-time Fifa Player of the Year beginning right inside Athletic’s half, dazzled past four defenders before beating goalkeeper Iago Herrerin at his near post with a superb strike in the 20th minute.

Neymar got on the end of a clinical Barca move to make scores 2-0 six minutes past the half-hour mark and Messi grabbed his brace in the 74th minute.

The victory marked Barca’s 27th Cup success and their sixth League and Cup double.

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