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Copa del Rey 2021 Messi nets 2. Barcelona beats Bilbao 4.0 to win

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Copa del Rey 2021 Messi nets 2. Barcelona beats Bilbao 4.0 to win

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Sat, 17 Apr 2021 09:00:00 -0700

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 to win the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, giving Ronald Koeman his 

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Barcelona has a chance to escape a trying 2020-21 season with a trophy if it can beat Athletic Bilbao on Saturday in the Spanish Copa del Rey final

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi during the Spanish Supercopa final soccer match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at La Cartuja stadium in Seville, Spain, Sunday, Jan.

17, 2021.

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Barcelona has a chance to escape a trying 2020-21 season with a trophy if it can beat Athletic Bilbao on Saturday in the Spanish Copa del Rey final.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

ET on April 17, and audiences in the United States can watch the match via ESPN+.

A subscription to the streaming service costs $5.99 per month or $59.99 for a full year.

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Barcelona lost in the the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, and a loss to rival Real Madrid last weekend pushed the club into third place in the La Liga standings.

The Copa del Rey offers Barca and star striker Lionel Messi another shot at glory.

With the club’s front office leadership falling into disarray earlier this year, speculation ramped up suggesting the 33-year-old Messi might leave Barcelona in the offseason.

A Copa del Rey crown might help Barca convince its all-time leading scorer to stick around.

Barcelona captured the Copa del Rey crown each season from 2015 to ’18.

Athletic Bilbao last claimed Copa del Rey gold in 1984, when it beat Barca in the final.

Bilbao, as part of a strange schedule, lost the 2020 Copa del Rey title game to Real Sociedad earlier this month.

The teams agreed to postpone the 2020 final until spring 2021 in hopes that the coronavirus crisis would ease and fans could attend the championship game; that did not happen, and Sociedad earned a 1-0 victory in an empty stadium back on April 3.

Saturday, Bilbao gets the rare opportunity to rebound from championship defeat with another final in the same competition two weeks later.

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