Three times score of Striker Aritz Aduriz in the second half to lead Athletic Club Bilbao to a shocking 4â€“0 victory over FC Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Cup at the New Sam MamÃ©s on a misty Friday night in Bilbao. Midfielder Mikel San Jose got things started after 14 minutes when he launched a shot from near midfield that caught FC Barcelona Marc-AndrÃ© ter Stegen well out of the net.
In the 53rd minute to make it 2â€“0 Aduriz headed home a Sabin MerinoÂ cross, struck again in the 62nd minute for the Basquesâ€™ third of the evening, and then converted a penalty kick in the 67th to cap off the scoring.
Lionel Messi had perhaps BarÃ§aâ€™s best chance of the day in the final minute of the first half, but his superb free kick was batted away by Athletic Goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz as it sailed towards the upper left corner.Â Despite the large deficit, the tie is far from over. The two teams are set to face off again in just three days, and it would be foolish to think the Catalans have given up hope. At least, thatâ€™s what Luis Enrique thinks.â€œIf anyone can come back in this tie, itâ€™s BarÃ§a,” he said.
easy Â Â I have never had an easy game against Athletic, not even when I was a player,” Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique admitted after the game.