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Barca Claim Copa Semifinal Place

Copa del Rey
 
Result: Barcelona 3-1 (5-2 agg) Athletic
 
Date: 27 January 2016
 
Venue: Camp Nou
 
Barcelona eased into the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 5-2 aggregate victory over Athletic on Wednesday night.
 
The visitors drew first blood in the 12th minute when Aduriz gained possession before turning sharply and passing in behind the Barca defence for Inaki Williams who rounded Ter Stegen and stabbed into the empty goal.
 
Four minutes later the pressure was on the Catalans again. Susaeta beat Mathieu and sent in a cross from the right wing towards the near post. Eraso was on hand to beat Gerard Pique to the ball, but his shot was just wide of the post.
 
Athletic should have been two goals clear when Aduriz beat Pique in the air inside the Barca box to nod the ball down for Susaeta. However, the winger ballooned the ball over the bar to the hosts' relief.
 
The Blaugrana were back on level terms in the 53rd minute. Lionel Messi drifted down the left channel unopposed before playing a cross towards the back post where Luis Suarez was in position to score.
 
Barca secured the victory in the 81st minute as Pique netted their second of the night. Dani Alves powered towards the byline before dinking a cross to the far post for the centre-back to bullet a header home.
 
In stoppage time the hosts added a third as Neymar buried the ball in the back of the Athletic goal to secure a 5-2 aggregate victory.
 

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