The draw will be decided at Camp Nou. It's never easy facing Athletic Club at Copa del Rey, their best competition. San Mamés lived a very intense match. Messi gave Barcelona some live in the second half after Athletic scored twice in the first half.
Aduriz scored the opener and gave the second to Iñaki Williams. It was beginning to look like the 4-0 of last year in the Spanish Supercup.
Referee Fernández Borbalán didn't see a clear penalty to Neymar in the first half. There was another one -not as clear- on Piqué.
Neymar appeared when Barcelona needed him the most. Messi scored from a free-kick at the beginning of the second half, but then it was the Brazilian who played the role of the leader. Athletic Club were down to 9 men with Raul Garcia and Iturraspe seeing the second yellow card. Both for fouls on Neymar.
Barcelona tried until the end with two players more, but Athletic defended well. In the 93th minute, Messi hit the post. It wasn't Barcelona's day, but everything is open for the second leg.