The Courier-Mail

Barca seal double


A LIONEL Messi-inspired Barcelona sealed a league and Cup double as they swept aside Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to win the Copa del Rey for a 27th time yesterday.

Messi opened the scoring in spectacula­r fashion by dribbling past four Athletic players and lashing home a low finish before Neymar added a second before halftime.

The Argentine grabbed his second 17 minutes from time before Inaki Williams scored for the Basques.

Despite Athletic fans dominating two-thirds of the 99,000 capacity Camp Nou, their players could not stop a rampant Barca.

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