Messi free-kick enchantment sends Barca into Copa Del Rey quarters


BARCELONA (AFP) – Lionel Messi s third objective from a free-kick in the same number of diversions this year secured Barcelona s put in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey as the holders beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to edge through 4-3 on total on Wednesday.

Luis Suarez s 100th Barca objective and Neymar s punishment counteracted Athletic s 2-1 first leg lead, yet Enric Saborit s header six minutes into the second-half had the tie set out toward additional time.

In any case, similarly as in the principal leg and in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal on Sunday, Messi rode to Barca s save with another perfect free-kick that cut within the post on its way past Gorka Iraizoz.

“There is a motivation behind why Messi is the best on the planet,” Suarez told Barca TV. “He shocks you with something lovely in each amusement.”

Barca were under gigantic weight to convey their first win of the year as the foul up at Villarreal left them five focuses loose of Real Madrid at the highest point of La Liga, who likewise have an amusement close by.

“It is vital for our certainty. We needed and required an outcome like that,” additional Suarez. “We are quiet, buckling down and realize that the outcomes will come.”

The development to the amusement had been ruled by discuss dubious refereeing brings in the principal leg as Athletic finished the diversion with nine men, while Barca had a stonewall punishment assert postponed away.

What’s more, there was more contention on 26 minutes when Neymar was wrongly hailed offside as he set up Suarez for a tap in.

Nonetheless, a similar mix wasn t to be denied 10 minutes before half-time when Neymar s cross was pounded into the far corner by Suarez to raise his Barca century.

“The critical thing is it added to us experiencing, which is the thing that we needed,” said Suarez.

The previous Liverpool man s strike was additionally the 300th objective scored by Barca s fearsome “MSN” forward line since he joined the club in 2014 with Messi netting 124 and Neymar 76.

It was 301 only three minutes into the second-half when Neymar was cleaved around Eneko Boveda.

Messi gave Neymar duty from the spot and the Brazilian finished a 1,023-minute dry spell for Barca as he sent Iraizoz the wrong approach to enlist his first objective since October 19.

Barca s euphoria was brief, however, as with their first genuine assault Athletic escaped objective they required when Saborit s descending header at the back post beat both Jasper Cillessen and Samuel Umtiti hanging in the balance.