King’s Cup ‘team with the most wins’ FC Barcelona experienced another humiliation

Bilbao’s Iker Munianin (right) scores a goal from a penalty kick in the final against FC Barcelona in the round of 16 of the 2021-2022 Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) held at San Mames, Bilbao, Spain on the 21st. Bilbao = AP Yonhap News

FC Barcelona in La Liga, Spain, is one of the top clubs in the world along with Real Madrid. However, this season has suffered a lot of humiliation. Amid the club’s financial difficulties, ahead of the season, Lionel Messi, the symbol of the team, transferred to Paris Saint-Germain, and even after entering the season, it is continuing to slump with a poorer squad and a cluttered atmosphere.

FC Barcelona suffered another humiliation. On the 21st, in the round of 16 of the 2021-2022 season Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) held at San Mames, Bilbao, Spain, they lost 2-3 to Athletic Bilbao after extra time.

Two minutes into the game, Bilbao conceded the opening goal. After Nico Williams broke through to the right flank, Iker Muniain finished off the cross with an exquisite right-footed kick. Barcelona also counterattacked. Ferran Torres, who left Manchester City (England) in December of last year, wearing a Barcelona jersey, received a pass from Sergio Busquets in the 20th minute of the first half to equalize.

The two teams exchanged one goal each, maintaining a tight balance for a while, but Bilbao broke the balance first in the 41st minute of the second half. Bilbao’s Inigo Martinez scored the goal in a close match following a free kick. Then, this time, Barcelona’s Pedri turned the game around with an equalizer in the 48th minute of the second half.

However, Bilbao laughed in the match that eventually led to overtime. In the 14th minute of extra time, while blocking Bilbao’s attack, Barcelona Jordi Alba’s handball foul occurred, and a penalty kick was awarded after video review (VAR). Muniain, who started as the kicker, calmly kicked it with a right-footed shot to score the winning goal.

As a result, FC Barcelona were eliminated from the King’s Cup this season. The King’s Cup, which is equivalent to the FA Cup in other leagues, is a tournament in which Barcelona has traditionally shown strength, reaching a whopping 31 times, the highest number of wins. 2nd place Bilbao 23 times and rival Real Madrid 19 times. The King’s Cup was the same as Barcelona’s pride, but this season, they were sent off in the round of 16 and shattered this pride.

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