A goal from Williams after a cross from Ibai in stoppage time allows the Lions to fight for the Cup title, joining Granada, Mirandés and Real
Athletic Club have made it to the Cup semi-finals after defeating Fútbol Club Barcelona in stoppage time, with a header from Iñaki Williams after a cross from Ibai that Busquets deflected into his own goal. The Lions are now waiting to know the name of their next rival: Real Sociedad, Granada, or Mirandés. Barcelona have played the last six finals but this time they have gone down to the red-and-whites, who kept their fangs sharp during all the game. At Las Rozas, on Friday, they will find out who their opponent will be.
Gaizka Garitano’s squad waited for their opportunity and managed to score in a tight match, with scarce scoring chances for either side. After Williams was disallowed a goal for offside on 8 minutes, Athletic, who sought to keep their sheet clean at all times, tried to make a long game and wait for their chance.
Dani García missed a chance after winning a ball up front, but so did the great Leo Messi with a first-class shot that Simón stopped his with his feet, on 87 minutes. The best was yet to come, and Aduriz and Ibai were on the pitch. A venomous cross was sent from the wing towards Williams, who made Busquets deflect the ball into Ter Stegen’s net and the supporters at San Mamés explode with joy. A semi-final celebration, but the final step is still to be made.