Copa Del Rey Final: Barcelona storm to silverware after thrashing Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao 1 – Barcelona 4 (Copa Del Rey final, May 13, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Much to the joy of the romantics it was Atletico Bilbao, not Barcelona, who struck first in the Copa Del Rey final when Gaizka Toquero headed home a back-post corner from Francisco Yeste. On the half hour Yaya Toure drew Barca level with a low shot that deflected into the near post. (First half highlights here.) The Catalans took control of the match early in the second half, Leo Messi converted a rebound before Bojan Krkic slipped in a beautiful third off the far post. A super free-kick from Xavi made it three goals in five minutes to kill the match. The match was soured when Dani Alves was struck on the head by a beer can thrown by a Bilbao supporter.

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