Without Ousmane Dembélé, in full conflict with the club, FC Barcelona was eliminated 3-2 after extra time by Athletic Bilbao after a crazy scenario Thursday in the round of 16 of the King's Cup, unlike Real Madrid, qualified with forceps after their 2-1 victory in Elche.

Engaged in a fiery showdown with Barça over his contract extension and forced to rest in Barcelona, ​​Dembélé could not help his team, who managed to come back to the score twice in heroic fashion (Ferran Torres, 20th, Pedri, 93rd), but who ended up cracking in extra time on a penalty converted by Basque captain Iker Muniain (105th).

Despite these two unexpected returns, the defending champion, eliminated from the Champions League in December, from the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia last week and left behind in La Liga, must now say goodbye to the King's Cup... and he won't he will have more than the Europa League to console himself with.

Nothing is going well at Barca

Worse, Xavi and Barca may have lost their prodigy Ansu Fati yet again.

Barely returned from a thigh injury and recovered from Covid-19, the 19-year-old nugget, who came into play in the 61st minute in place of Ferran Jutgla, came out in tears (96th), visibly injured.

In this remake of last season's final (won 4-0 by Barça in Seville), the Basques deserved their revenge: fallen finalists of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid on Sunday, Athletic dominated the game at home and bravely validated his ticket for the quarters.

Bilbao will notably join Real Madrid, who struggled to overcome Elche on the wire 2-1 after extra time on Thursday evening, thanks to a liberating goal from Eden Hazard in extra time.


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