Inaki Williams’ Rush From Africa to Copa del Rey Triumph Against Barcelona
Inaki Williams made headlines by racing back from Africa to help Athletic Bilbao secure a place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey. Despite playing for his country on Monday, Williams made it back in time to face Barcelona and scored a crucial goal in their 4-2 extra-time victory on Wednesday.
The game started with Athletic taking an early lead through Gorka Guruzeta, but goals from Robert Lewandowski and 16-year-old starlet Lamine Yamal put Barcelona ahead. Athletic’s Oihan Sancet eventually leveled the score and then set up substitute Inaki Williams to put the Basques ahead. Williams’ brother, Nico Williams, sealed the victory with a late goal.
Xavi Hernandez, the coach of Barcelona, admitted to individual errors and a lack of concentration after the defeat. Despite the loss, he remained calm and focused on pursuing success in La Liga and the Champions League.
Athletic coach Ernesto Valverde hailed Inaki Williams’ return as a huge morale boost, praising his decisive role in the team.
The victory for Athletic piled more pressure on Barcelona after their recent loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final. Xavi publicly acknowledged the team’s need to win a trophy this season.
In another quarter-final clash, Real Mallorca secured a thrilling 3-2 victory over Spanish league leaders Girona. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla faced off in the last quarter-final, and Real Sociedad defeated Celta Vigo to advance to the semi-finals.
In a remarkable display of determination, Inaki Williams’ swift return from Africa to lead Athletic Bilbao to victory against Barcelona has left a lasting impression on the Copa del Rey tournament.
News Highlight :
– Inaki Williams returned from Africa to face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and scored a crucial goal to send Athletic Bilbao into the semi-finals
– Barcelona’s coach, Xavi Hernandez, admitted to individual errors and lack of concentration in the game
– Athletic Bilbao took the lead early in the game, but Barcelona fought back and took the match to extra time
– Inaki Williams scored the winning goal and his brother, Nico Williams, added another goal to seal the win for Athletic
– Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona’s coach, expressed the team’s need to win a trophy this season
– Real Mallorca also won their quarter-final match against Girona, and Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are set to play their quarter-final match
– Real Sociedad has already advanced to the semi-finals after defeating Celta Vigo in their quarter-final match
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