Friday May 25, 2012 Final Finished Estadio Vicente Calderón

Athletic Club 0 - 3 FC Barcelona

  • Pedro 3’, 25’
  • Messi 20’

  1. Guardiola departs with Spanish Cup glory

    Guardiola departs with Spanish Cup glory

    Pep Guardiola ended his four-year spell in charge of Barcelona by watching his side dismantle Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the Copa del Rey final. More

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    • Athletic Bilbao
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+2' There goes the final whistle! A 3-0 win for Barcelona. They win the Copa del Rey. A winning farewell for Pep Guardiola as Barca manager.
    • 89' We are into two minutes of time added on.
    • 88' The Barca fans in party mood long before the final whistle. A bit more passing.
    • 87' Guardiola hugging his successor Tito Villanova in the technical area.
    • 86' Clock ticking down as Toquero flies into a strong challenge. All a bit late really.
    • 85' Fabregas runs the ball out of play. Officials rescue Iraizoz as he came off his line to challenge the midfielder.
    • 84' Pedro departs the action to be replaced by Thiago Alcantara.
    • 83' Barca continue to play high up the park. This match was all over some time ago. Only time now to see out.
    • 82' A 247th game for Pep as Barca manager and a nice way to depart. All that's left for them to do is collect the trophy.
    • 81' Iraola caught offside as he dashed too soon. Barca conent to see this one out.
    • 80' Xavi set to collect his 20th trophy as a Barca player.
    • 79' The Barca fans giving Xavi a standing ovation. The Athletic fans looking a bit downtrodden.
    • 78' Xavi is going to depart the action to be replaced by Cesc Fabregas for Barca.
    • 77' Perez clatters Xavi with a late tackle. The Barca skipper needing some treatment.
    • 76' Athletic miss the chance to put one goal on the board.
    • 75' Aurtenetxe arrives unmarked at the back post, but somehow contrives to head wide from five yards out. Glorious chance spurned by Athletic.
    • 74' Messi opted not to use Montoya when he was racing up the park. Should have played him in. Chance for a fourth goes astray.
    • 73' Busquets needing a spot of treatment before Pique knocks the ball out for a corner, which comes to nothing. Sums up the mood of the evening.
    • 72' Toquero has been brought on to take over from Llorente. Strange decision there.
    • 71' Iniesta has been booked for handling the ball.
    • 70' Change for Barca as Keita arrives to take over from Sanchez.
    • 69' Excellent run and shot by Messi, but Iraizoz dives to make a fine stop. Had to get down low to keep that out.
    • 68' Barca with 60% of possession in this match. Says enough about the balance of power tonight.
    • 67' Some of the free-kicks tonight from Athletic have been miserable, to say the least. Have failed to test the Barca rearguard.
    • 66' Muniain wallops a speculative shot at goal from distance. Straight into the arms of Pinto.
    • 65' Appeals for an offside decision against Sanchez. Again, the referee says no as the ball lands in the hands of Iraizoz.
    • 64' Xavi has picked up a booking for a late foul on Herrera.
    • 63' Gomez with a fine cross for Llorente. Header crashes off Pique, who didn't know much about that. Could easily have been a goal there.
    • 62' Game a lot more even in this second period, but difficult to see where a goal is going to come from. Barca playing well within themselves.
    • 61' Messi with the free-kick from out wide. Swings the ball into the area. Too much for Pique. Goalkick to Athletic.
    • 60' Free-kick is driven into the traffic as Athletic pass up a chance to apply some pressure. The Barca fans in party mood.
    • 59' Pique penalised for a late push on Herrera.
    • 58' Montoya just overhits a pass for Pedro, who is seeking his first hat-trick for Barca in this match.
    • 57' Goalkeeper Victor Valdes among the substitutes for this occasion. He tends to be rested for the Copa del Rey matches. Last played one in 2008.
    • 56' Montoya throws over an inviting cross. Sanchez inches away from connecting. Ball flies wide. Lovely cross from Montoya.
    • 55' The Athletic fans trying not to get overly disheartened out there. Mascherano wallops the ball away from Gomez.
    • 54' Intelligent play by Sanchez as he looks to provide Xavi with the pass, but just not enough pace on the ball. Barca collect seconds later.
    • 53' Barca settle themselves down after that moment and look to go again.
    • 52' Pinto furious with the Barca defenders there. Almost caught cold early in the second period.
    • 51' Athletic have not scored in their past five games. Chance for Gomez from Herrera's pass, but he lifts the ball wide. Should have scored there.
    • 50' Guardiola looking on with some concern. Not sure he has much to worry about as his side collect at the back. Lovely possession football.
    • 49' Herrera is fouled by Iniesta. Herrera struggling with flu before this final. Wonder what condition he is in.
    • 48' Athletic try to get a decent attacking move going here. Vital they score the next goal, if there is going to be one.
    • 47' Changes for Athletic at the break as Herrera and Perez are introduced with Susaeta and De Marcos departing.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second half.
    • 45' There goes the whistle for the break! A 3-0 lead for Barca. Well on their way to the trophy.
    • 44' Not sure there is going to be much time added to the half.
    • 43' Pinto does just enough to swat a shot by Muniain past his post. The Barca keeper almost turned that into his own net.
    • 42' Iraola takes out Sanchez with a late challenge. Second man into the book this evening is Iraola.
    • 41' Nice wing play by Sanchez. Appeals for a penalty under pressure from Ekiza, but the referee not interested.
    • 40' Iraizoz forced to pedal backwards to grasp a free-kick from Mascherano. Always unlikely to score from that range.
    • 39' First booking of the night falls to Susaeta for a late tackle on Mascherano.
    • 38' Martinez dumps Iniesta to the ground with a clumsy challenge. All a bit frustrating for Athletic.
    • 37' A slight surprise Marcelo Bielsa has not altered his formation by this stage. It has been obvious for some time that this is not working for Athletic.
    • 36' Fine tackle on Llorente by Pique. Plenty of whistles in the ground. Pedro waiting for the call to get back on the pitch.
    • 35' Sanchez tries to get on the end of Xavi's pass, but just too much energy in the ball.
    • 34' Barca pass, pass and pass some more. In no rush to give the ball away cheaply. Xavi thumps a volley straight into the gloves of Iraizoz from Adriano's chip.
    • 33' Athletic fans looking decidely unimpressed. This could end up worse than the 3-0 drubbing by Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final.
    • 32' Lionel Messi had failed to score in his last five appearances in the Copa del Rey. Good time to get back on the road, so to speak.
    • 31' Montoya fails to keep the ball in as Athletic earn a goalkick. Guardiola clapping his hands. Demanding more from his side with the 3-0 lead.
    • 30' A pretty forgettable opening 30 minutes for Athletic in Madrid. Can they make this a contest? Looks highly unlikely at the moment.
    • 29' Llorente appeals in vain for a penalty after tangling with Pique. Looked a decent call for a penalty and perhaps a red card for the Barca defender.
    • 28' Messi through on goal! Tries the lob rather than power and fails to chip Iraizoz. Almost a fourth goal. Should have been number four.
    • 27' Pinto forced to make his first save of the night to keep out the effort from Susaeta at the other end. Fine shot and block.
    • 26' A 14th trophy on the cards for Pep. What a way to go out here, and there are more goals in this for them.
    • 25' GOAL! Pedro sends the ball spinning into the net from 20 yards out. A second goal for Barca. A 3-0 lead, and this match is surely all over.
    • 24' Barcelona are the top-scoring team in the Copa del Rey this season - 23 goals – excluding qualifying rounds.
    • 23' Montoya swings the ball to the back post. Iniesta collects it before Ekiza wins it back for Athletic. Long night looming here for the underdogs.
    • 22' Barca looking hungry for more goals. Pique knocks the ball back to Pinto as Barca look to go again.
    • 21' He goes with the right foot rather than the left and gets the reward. Athletic in all sorts of trouble out there.
    • 20' GOAL! Messi makes it 2-0. Lovely pass from Iniesta and he lifts the ball into the net from an acute angle. No chance for Iraizoz. Barca all over Athletic here.
    • 19' Athletic giving the ball away far too cheaply. Barca rework it before heading backwards. Barca keeping the ball almost at will. All very tidy.
    • 18' Athletic fans trying to inspire their side to hit back in this contest as Amorebieta hammers the ball away from Sanchez in his box.
    • 17' Barca dominating possession here. Montoya trying to join the party before Xavi lifts a shot over the bar from distance. Worth a bash, but always a bit high.
    • 16' Corner comes to nothing, but this is certainly bright stuff by Barca, who want to go out on a high for boss Guardiola.
    • 15' Stunning stop by Iraizoz to dive and claw out a shot by Messi from the edge of the box. Almost a second goal for Barca.
    • 14' Iniesta tries to pick out Alexis with a lovely ball on the run, but the Chilean player fails to get the ball under control. Goalkick to Athletic.
    • 13' Xavi on the run for Barca. Feeds Pedro, but Athletic quick to break up the play.
    • 12' Ekiza makes a superb block on the shot from Messi. Game a bit more balanced after that dream start by Barca.
    • 11' Busquets back to win the ball from the marauding Llorente as Barca look to get on the front foot.
    • 10' Athletic have failed to score more than once in any of their last 17 meetings with Barca in the Copa del Rey. Not exactly the best of stats.
    • 9' Appeal for a free-kick from Llorente, but the referee doesn't want to know. Pinto whacks the goalkick down the park.
    • 8' Guardiola looking calm and collected in the Barca technical area. Athletic trying to get a foothold in this game as Llorente fails to hold off Mascherano.
    • 7' Llorente nudges the ball up the park rather than look to find Susaeta. Was a more difficult pass as Pinto collects in the Barca goal.
    • 6' Athletic need to steady themselves here. They fell one behind Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final and ended up losing 3-0. Barca continue to push up the park.
    • 5' Three attempts at goal, and the third one is too hot to handle for Iraizoz in the Athletic goal. The Barca fans in party mood.
    • 4' GOAL! Pedro smashes the ball low into the net after De Marcos fails to clear Xavi's corner. Brilliant start by Barca. They lead 1-0.
    • 3' Pedro sees a shot deflect wide off the foot of Aurtenetxe. That could have went anywhere, but in ends up wide of goal.
    • 2' Messi only inches away from the opening goal. Brilliant run and shot. Narrowly wide of goal. Almost a 1-0 lead for Barca.
    • 1' We are off and running. Barca get the cup final going.
    • 20.57 Teams out on the park. Two most successful sides in this tournament. 25 wins for Barca to Athletic's 23. Who will come out on top tonight?
    • 20.55 MATCH ODDS: Athletic Bilbao 17/2, Barcelona 2/7, Draw 9/2
    • 20.50 Pep Guardiola (Barcelona): "Athletic have a hunger in their bellies, a desire to look for things others can't fine. I try to make my players feel like they would if they hadn't won a title for four years. My main concern is how our injuries will affect us. I think it will be a great contest."
    • 20.45 Marcelo Bielsa (Athletic Bilbao): "Barca are still the best team in the world. So to beat them we must play at our full potential, be accurate and precise collectively. This level of pressing should subsequently decrease Barcelona's effectiveness. But Lionel Messi has solutions for almost every problem. We must try to ensure he doesn't find one (on Friday)."
    • 20.40 Barcelona are without a host of senior players, particularly in defence. Left-back Eric Abidal has been released from hospital following a liver transplant but is still unavailable, while right-back Daniel Alves has a broken collarbone and misses out. Centre-half Carles Puyol is also out after undergoing knee surgery, meaning Javier Mascherano is likely to play centre-back alongside Gerard Pique, with Adriano at left-back and one of Barcelona’s B-team defenders Martin Montoya at right-back.
    • 20.35 With striker Toquero starting, Iker Muniain is set to drop into a deeper position behind Fernando Llorente. Athletic have suffered a poor run of form since qualifying for the Europa League final, failing to win in five matches, losing four including the final.
    • 20.30 Teams: Barcelona: Pinto; Montoya, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, Alexis, Messi..subs: Valdés, Bartra, Thiago, Keita, Afellay, Fabregas, Tello////Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe; Martinez, De Marcos; Muniain, Susaeta, Ibai; Llorente...subs: Raul, Toquero, San Jose, Gabilondo, Inigo Perez, Gurpegi, Ander Herrera.
    • 20.25 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final. Big night for Barca in manager Pep Guardiola's final match as manager.
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  • Athletic Bilbao

    Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

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    Manager: Josep Guardiola

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