Antoine Griezmann, cursed hero: after putting Barcelona twice in front of the score, the French could not lift his first trophy with Barça because of a jewel from Williams for Athletic Bilbao in extra time (3-2 ap) , in a final marked by the exclusion of Lionel Messi.
Thanks to a magnificent curled shot from the right that kissed the right post before entering Ter Stegen's net, Williams offered a first trophy to his coach Marcelino, who arrived on the Basque bench just two weeks ago, on the 3 January, at the end of the match marked by the red card sent to Lionel Messi for violent conduct (120th + 1).
Previously, the two teams had neutralized each other with a double from Antoine Griezmann (40th, 77th) on the Catalan side, and a goal from Oscar de Marcos (42nd) and another savior from Unai Villalibre (90th) on the Basque side.
Griezmann, still cursed
Griezmann's woes continue in Seville.
While the image of the evening will remain this perfect roll up of Williams, the story of the night will be that of the sad story of "Grizou".
Remained silent since November 29, Antoine Griezmann had offered a glimpse of his rebirth with his double against Granada on January 9 (4-0) ... Sunday, Griezmann was positioned to the left of Lionel Messi in the attack blaugrana in the company of Ousmane Dembélé (right), but his new double was useless.
After a mixed start to the season, where the Catalan club was shaken by the desire to leave Messi, the resignation of ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and a failed start in the league, the double of the French world champion was not enough to allow Barça to win their first trophy in more than a year and a half ... And delayed the confirmation of the rebirth of the Catalan club under the aegis of Ronald Koeman.
Deprived of any title since his coronation in the Spanish league assured in April 2019, Barça faces a new disappointment.
Red card for Messi!
A new misstep in the rocky recent history of FC Barcelona ... in the wake of a surprisingly transparent Messi on the lawn of the Cartuja stadium on Sunday evening ... and who abandoned his own a few seconds before the kick off final whistle, excluded due to a nasty gesture on Villalibre.
Notable fact: this is the first direct red card exclusion of "La Pulga" in an official match with Barça (he has already been excluded twice with Argentina).
What will be the effect of this new disillusionment on the desires of Messi, who will be at the end of his contract next June and who is already free to officially negotiate his departure to another club since January 1?
The six-fold Golden Ball, who witnessed his team's victory in the semi-finals from the stands, his left thigh wrapped in a bandage, was able to hold his place, but was not reassured about his level of play and no could not lift his 34th trophy with Barça.
For Athletic Bilbao, this success is a real breath: stuck in 12th place in the Spanish championship and after sacking his coach Gaizka Garitano at the end of December, Athletic gave a glimpse of what he is capable of doing. during the great moments ... three months before approaching the final of the Copa del Rey 2020 (postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic), on April 4 against Real Sociedad.
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