Athletic Bilbao Defeats Barcelona 3-2 to Win Spanish Super Cup

Iñaki Williams. Photo by Bagu Blanco/BPI/Shutterstock (10182139n)

After knocking off Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup last week, Athletic Bilbao completed their one-two knockout of Spain’s two biggest clubs with a 3-2 win in extra time over FC Barcelona to claim their first Super Cup win since 2015.

The Lions would not quit on Sunday night at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville, going behind twice after two goals by Antoine Griezmann but answering back each time to send the game into extra time, where an Inaki Williams goal delivered their win.

Oscar de Marcos headed in a goal after a Griezmann strike just before halftime to send the game to the break all tied up.

Griezmann knocked in his second goal of the night with only 15 minutes left to go in regulation, but Barca’s poor defending of a set-piece led to Athletic striker Asier Villalibre getting free and knocking a late equalizer past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Athletic continued its momentum just after extra time began when Williams’ magical goal flew past ter Stegen, who had no prayer of stopping it.

Barcelona continued to press for an equalizer throughout extra time but saw their hopes gradually fade away against a pesky Athletic side until the final whistle blew.

Things went from bad to worse for Blaugrana in extra time after Leo Messi was shown a straight red card for striking Villalibre, an infraction that sees him facing a suspension of anywhere from 4 to 12 games.

Athletic’s Super Cup trophy is the third in their club’s history and a magical start to the tenure of their new coach Marcelino, who took over earlier this month.