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Suarez secures Barcelona's passage into Copa del Rey semifinals

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Leg 2Aggregate: 5 - 2
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Luis Suarez struck his 30th goal of the season as Barcelona secured their passage to the Copa del Rey semi-final with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.

Barcelona extended their unbeaten streak to 25 games but it was not without a fright as Bilbao, trailing 2-1 from the quarter-final first leg at San Mames, had the audacity to level the tie.

Bilbao were ahead on the night after 12 minutes when Aritz Aduriz set up Inaki Williams' 11th goal of the season.

The Nou Camp almost fell silent again five minutes later when Williams fired narrowly over the bar after a driving run through the heart of the home defence.

And Bilbao continued to have the better of the first half chances with Mikel San Jose forcing a save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal.

Luis Suarez opened Barcelona's account in the 53rd minute.

Barcelona threatened little danger until Lionel Messi and Neymar went close before the break, but it was a different story on the re-start as the hosts found their familiar scoring touch.

Messi set up Suarez's equaliser after 53 minutes and Bilbao were left to rue Javi Eraso's failure to beat ter Stegen from close range as Barcelona piled on the pressure.

Gerard Pique saw his header saved by Iago Herrerin in the Bilbao goal after good work by Neymar and Ivan Rakitic was also foiled after an excellent team move with Suarez providing the final through ball.

But Barcelona were rewarded when Pique headed home a Dani Alves corner nine minutes from time to put them ahead on the night.

And with Bilbao tiring in the closing stages, Neymar added another in injury time from Sergi Roberto's clever pass.

It was the Brazilian's 21st goal of the season and Suarez, Messi and Neymar have now scored 71 between them as Barcelona, 5-2 aggregate winners over Bilbao, continue their trophy assault on all fronts.


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