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FC Barcelona News: 12 January 2017; Barca Squeeze Past Athletic Bilbao, Luis Suarez Reaches Milestone

Barcelona v Athletic Club - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 Second Leg Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

FC Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Club (4-3 on aggregate): The trident strikes again | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are through to the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey after the second leg of the round of 16 tie with Athletic Club was just as pulsating as the first. There was tension right to the end but with all three members of the attacking trident on this kind of form there was only going to be one winner. After two setbacks, the first victory of 2017 is in the bag and Barça will be one of the eight names featuring in Friday’s draw.

Three tons of magic: The MSN's ten greatest hits | FC Barcelona
Since they have been together, Leo Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar Jr have scored 300 goals between them and we pick out some of the most memorable.

Luis Suárez makes it to 100 goals for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
That’s quite some achievement for the winner of last season’s European Golden Shoe thanks to his 40 Liga goals, who has managed to reach that milestone in just two years and three months after making his first team debut on 25 October 1014. His first goal game six games later, in a Champions League fixture with APOEL on November 25 of the same year.

Copa del Rey video highlights: FC Barcelona v Athletic Club | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique's side are through to the last eight of the Copa del Rey thanks to an exhilarating victory over Athletic Club in the last 16. A 100th goal in a Barça shirt from Luis Suárez and strikes from partners in crime Neymar and Messi helped the blaugranes to a 3-1 win at Camp Nou to turn the tie around after a 2-1 defeat in the first leg at San Mamés last week.

FC Barcelona players react to cup victory against Athletic Club | FC Barcelona
Barça beat Athletic 3-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate to qualify for the Copa del Rey quarter finals. It was the kind of performance that the players will be talking about for many days to come, and we managed to catch the best of the earliest comments from six of them. Here’s a round-up of what was said:

Luis Enrique impressed as FC Barcelona reach Copa del Rey quarter finals | FC Barcelona
A nervy night finally over and ending very happily indeed, Luis Enrique was a very satisfied man indeed when he spoke to the press after the final whistle had blown on a 4-3 aggregate victory over Athletic Bilbao. “We were by far the better team and I’m really pleased with the way this tie has gone” he said after a quarter final berth had been secured.

Back to training with focus now on UD Las Palmas | FC Barcelona
There’s no time for rest at FC Barcelona. Just twelve hours after events concluded at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night, with a place in Friday’s Copa del Rey quarter final draw secured thanks to a 4-3 aggregate defeat of Athletic Club, the players were back at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to start getting ready for the visit of UD Las Palmas on Saturday at 4.15pm CET.

Barcelona will find Lionel Messi contract formula - CEO Oscar Grau | ESPN
Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau has called for patience as the club continue to work on a new deal for Lionel Messi. Messi is into the last 18 months of his contract and some reports in Spain claimed at the end of last year that he was considering his future.

Refs' committee submits complaint on Gerard Pique comments - report | ESPN
The Spanish Referees' Committee (CTA) has filed a complaint against Barcelona defender Gerard Pique after the player's remarks regarding the standard of officiating in the country, according to Sport.Pique, 29, claimed Barca were denied two clear penalties in the 2-1 Copa del Rey defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Jan. 5 and then again in Sunday's 1-1 La Liga draw at Villarreal.

The winner and his guest enjoyed the second edition of 'Fans Meeting fans' | FC Barcelona
The experience, which was promoted by the Catalan Tourism Agency, allowed the young Barça fan and his sister Lourdes, to fly over and get to know the traditions, culture and cuisine from various blaugranas around Catalunya, including the wine region Priorat.

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