The Williams brothers propel Athletic past Barcelona, securing a spot in the Copa del Rey semifinals


Inaki Williams swiftly returned from Africa to confront Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, propelling Athletic Bilbao into the semi-finals with a pivotal goal during their 4-2 extra-time victory on Wednesday.

Despite Barcelona’s turnaround with goals from Lewandowski and young talent Yamal, Athletic, led by Oihan Sancet and substitute Inaki Williams, secured the win. Coach Xavi Hernandez acknowledged defensive lapses but remains focused on pursuing La Liga and the Champions League.

The defeat added pressure after recent setbacks, emphasizing the team’s need for a trophy this season.

Former Barca coach Ernesto Valverde praised Inaki Williams’ influence, while a jubilant Athletic celebrated a memorable night in front of their passionate fans.


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