Nearly eleven minutes on the clock a gorgeous chance was for Griezmann. Eye of the needle passes from Messi to Griezmann but the Frenchman turns, thinking that Unai Simon is on the brink of him. He plays the ball back to Messi, but Athletic regroup and therefore the ball is deflected out for a corner by that point.
The Catalans have had 89 percent of possession within the opening exchanges.
After a frantic start that saw each side have chances, the ultimate has become almost sort of a training session, with Barcelona tasked with breaching a stubborn Athletic side who have camped call at their own half. The Basques are up to their usual tricks, with some sturdy challenges on Leo Messi, preventing him from stepping into any rhythm. But it’s working for them, despite having only had 20 percent of possession.
In sixty minutes of the second half, with the help of DE Jong’s assist the first goal was scored by Griezmann.
After a beautiful assist to Griezmann DE Jong resister, a score to himself within five minutes by assist done by Albas.
Within no time after the first two goals, the next two goals were added by non-other than captain Messi
He took his first goal in sixty-eight minutes. Again with the wonderful assistance of DE Jong.
And the second goal he took was on seventy minutes.
Barcelona is that the Copa kings once more, and in some fashion! After a troublesome half, they ran riot with four goals in 12 second-half minutes. Goals from Griezmann, De Jong, and Messi (2) proved the difference.