Hhello and welcome to the live blog for the 2021 King’s Cup Final Between Athletic Club and Barcelona which starts at 9:30 p.m. CET.
We’ll cover the most important pre-match information and updates throughout the game as the two famous clubs who love this cup more than any other team in Spain go head-to-head.
All live updates will come below, with the most recent entry towards the top.
ATHLETIC CLUB VS BARCELONA FULL TIME: 0-4
It’s over – Barcelona are the Kings of the Copa again, and in a way! After a tough first half, they rioted with four goals in 12 seconds. The goals of Griezmann, De Jong and Messi (2) made the difference.
Minute 87 – VAR refuses Barcelona’s fifth
Griezmann is played, he beats Simon on the ball and places him at home. But he is ruled out for offside after a VAR check.
Minute 83 – Raul Garcia gets closer
Athletic are still looking for consolation and Raul Garcia has just come close to a header. The corner finds the former Atletico man unmarked, but he heads to the ground and he bounces off Ter Stegen’s goal.
Minute 81- Koeman’s double change
Once the game is over, Koeman refreshes the side and, most importantly, preserves Pique.
Ronald Araujo and Ilaix Moriba ON
Gerard Pique and Pedri OFF
Minute 78 – Villalibre rushes
A cross in the box finds Villalibre who beats Ter Stegen on the ball, but his header goes over the bar.
Minute 72 – Messi scores again !!!
Barcelona absolutely flies! Messi scores his second of the night and Barcelona’s fourth in just 12 minutes. It turns into an absolute beating at the Estadio de la Cartuja.
Jordi Alba this time provides the pass to the Argentine and he slips low in the near post. Simon manages to do this and he will be disappointed that he was unable to prevent the ball from entering.
Minute 68 – Messi with the third !!
Barcelona is sailing now! This time, it’s Leo Messi who enters the action. A nice exchange with De Jong before placing the ball in the corner. Simon could only watch and admire the ball passing him.
Minute 63 – De Jong doubles Barcelona’s lead !!
Jordi Alba picks De Jong in acres of space in the box and the Dutchman leans in to wave home! Two quick goals for Barcelona.
Minute 60 – Griezmann with the breakthrough!
From a place almost identical to his previous luck, this time Griezmann is not wrong! De Jong slides the ball on his way, and the Frenchman guides the ball home. A deserved opening match for the Catalans.
Minute 52 – What a safeguard for Simon again!
The ball fell to Busquets in the penalty area, but Unai Simon made another brilliant save to deny the midfielder. Barcelona are putting the pressure here at the start of the second half.
Minute 48 – Griezmann with a golden chance!
Messi drops the ball to Dest, who plays it to Griezmann in front of goal, but he hits it straight to Unai Simon. Barcelona’s best luck to date.
Minute 46 – The second half is underway
Barcelona were frustrated in the first half. Will it be more the same in the second?
Marcelino has already made a change by taking off captain Muniain for Inigo Lekue.
After a frenzied start that saw both teams have chances, the final became almost a training session, with Barcelona tasked with breaking down a stubborn athletic side that had camped in their own half. The Basques are up to their usual tricks, with a few tough challenges on Leo Messi keeping him out of any pace. But it works for them, despite only having 20% possession.
Minute 40 – Williams with a test cross
Athletic has barely left his half of the field, but Inaki Williams has just shown a glimpse of what he can do. Facing Pique, the Basque striker gave him rhythm, then made a cross test, but he was caught by Ter Stegen.
Minute 35 – Messi receives brutal treatment
Just like the Supercopa, Messi is mistreated by Athletic players. He’s furious after a cynical body check.
Minute 25 – Yeray’s Crucial Block
Messi plays a brace with Mingueza, but the Argentinian’s shot is heroically blocked by Yeray.
Minute 17 – Barcelona in charge
Everything has been Barcelona so far, apart from this Martinez effort. The Catalans had 89% possession of the ball in the first exchanges.
Minute 12 – Martinez a few centimeters away
A ball in the box on a set piece found Inigo Martinez in full extension. The defender pushes him towards the goal with his crampons and he is a few inches wide. A warning from the Basques.
Minute 11 – Chance for Griezmann
Eye of the Needle passes from Messi to Griezmann but the Frenchman turns around, thinking Unai Simon is close to him. He plays the ball back to Messi but, at this point, Athletic regroup and the ball is deflected for a corner kick.
Minute 9 – Dangerous tackle by Busquets
Unai Lopez goes out and is grabbed by a high boot from Busquets. Cries of the athletic man, but it seems more of a dramatization than real pain.
Minute 5 – De Jong hits the post!
What a start it was so close for Barcelona. Busquets puts it for Messi who fires him for De Jong but the Dutchman’s low shot crashes on the post!
Minute 1 – We’re underway!
The ball is spinning in Seville. Athletic and Barcelona are fighting for the Copa del Rey.
9:15 p.m. CET: a moving moment
There was a beautiful moment shared between the presidents of the Copa del Rey finalists, as Joan Laporta from Barcelona and Aitor Elizegi from Athletic were seen holding up a framed photo of captions Johan Cruyff and Txopo Iribar.
9:05 p.m. CET: A dynamic shipment to Barcelona
There might not be any fans inside the Estadio de la Cartuja tonight, but there is no shortage of supporters to welcome Barcelona as they leave their hotel to board the team bus. in Seville. Bands of fans cheered and shouted out the names of their heroes to give them one last push before the big game.
21.00 CET – Messi’s last Barcelona final?
It might be sad to say it, but it could be Leo Messi’s last final in a Barcelona shirt. The Blaugrana captain and legend sees his contract expire this summer, and without any news on his renewal, this could be the last time he wears that yellow and red armband in a flagship event, given that the Catalans are not in. neither does the Champions League.
The Argentine has won the Copa del Rey six times with Barcelona, and it could be a magnificent seventh for the 33-year-old on Saturday night in Sevilla.
8:35 p.m. CET – Athletic starting eleven
Marcelino chose his starting XI. Yeray and Iker Muniain have recovered from their respective shots and are named in the eleven, but Yuri Berchiche is on the bench. The left-back didn’t have a big game in the recent Copa final loss to Real Sociedad, which may have had an impact on the Athletic boss’s decision.
8:30 p.m. CET – Starting eleven from Barcelona
Gerard pique will start for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final. This is the big news for Ronald Koeman and co. while Antoine Griezmann is also selected instead of Ousmane Dembele, which is sure to generate much debate before the big game.
The Dutch coach is without Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and goalkeeper Neto due to injury.
8:00 p.m. CET: the agony of Athletic’s Copa
Athletic Club are the second most successful club in Copa del Rey history, with 23 titles to their name, beaten only by their opponent on Saturday, Barcelona (30). However, there has been more pain than joy lately as the Basques have lost their last five cup finals, the most recent being just a few weeks ago against rivals Real Sociedad.
A loss to Barcelona would be their sixth consecutive defeat in the cup final, which would be a record in Spanish football with their last cup victory in 1984.
7:45 p.m .: All smiles in the Catalan camp
Preparations for a cup final aren’t always as serious as you might think. Barcelona got in the mood for Saturday’s big clash with a tennis match in the lead in training, and there were smiles all around. Will this positive energy continue until the final?
7:20 p.m. CET: Who will start in Seville?
While waiting for the official line-ups, here is a preview of theProbable starting XIs on each side.
Barcelona probable line-up: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Pedri, Sergi Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Probable composition of the Athletic Club: Unai Simon, Capa, Yeray, Inigo Martnez, Balenziaga, De Marcos, Vencedor, Dani Garca, Berenguer, Williams, Raul Garcia
6.30 p.m. CET: behind-the-scenes video from Athletic
Athletic Club were kind enough to give us a behind-the-scenes look at their preparation for the match. It’s not all glitz and glamor for the Basques, but they hope their pre-match rituals bring more joy than their last Copa final against their Basque neighbors, Real Sociedad.
6:00 p.m. CET: La Cartuja is in perfect condition
Barcelona’s social media accounts uploaded an image of Seville, with the Estadio La Cartuja and its lush green grass looking in pristine condition hours before the grand final. But who will be celebrating by the end of the night?