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Dongou celebrates one of his goals against Athletic Club / PHOTO: Àlex Caparrós - FCB

Doungou was the man of the match after scoring two goals against Athletic Club. With the 3-3 from the away leg of the Round of 16, played in Lezama, the Barça side beat the Basques thanks to the Cameroonian’s goalscoring prowess. Óscar García’s team will be handed a quarter-final rival in the King’s Cup draw later this week.

Game marked by rain

The match started with both teams coming close to putting the ball in the back of the net as the pitch soaked in the heavy rains. The striker Gorka Santamaría failed to score from a one-on-one and Dongou responded for the Catalan side. Both teams were looking for the win in an intense match. The clearest goalscoring chance, however, fell to Edu on a corner kick. The Azulgrana defender controlled the cross after beating his mark to the ball, his shot, however, sent the ball narrowly over the crossbar.

The ball wasn’t rolling properly due to the rain-soaked surface of the pitch. Intensity was the key factor in creating danger on attack, both teams attempted to take advantage of dead balls. The only collective play from Óscar García’s men in the first half that created any danger ended with a poor control from Dongou in Athletic’s area.

From that point on, the game played out with little collective play and a lot of imprecision. The goalless draw meant that Barça were going through to the next round. But a Basque goal could endanger Barça’s away goal advantage from the 3-3 result in the away leg.  

Dongou decides the match in the second half

With an Athletic trying to secure qualification to the next round with a goal, it was Barça that enjoyed the best goalscoring chances. Edu, with a powerful header from a corner kick, was denied by Aitor, the Basque goal keeper. Minutes later, however, Dongou stepped up to score the opener with a beautiful goal. The Cameroonian beat his mark and beat Aitor with a low shot.

The goal practically finished off the tie. Tienda saved a point-blank shot to deny the equaliser. Dongou quickly scored his second goal in almost identical fashion to his first. It was the definitive blow to Athletic. The reigning champions of the tournament now awaits a rival in the next round.

MATCH STATS

FC BARCELONA, 2
ATHLETIC CLUB, 0

FC Barcelona: Tienda, Edu, Brian, Bagnack, Ayala, Samper, Ernesto (Sandro, min 45), Patri, Dongou (Pol Calvet, min 87), Quintillà (Nando, min 66) and Cristian (Miguel Ángel, min 60).

Athletic Club: Aitor, Artabe, Arribalzaga, Molinos, Montoiro (Alejandro, min 66), Seguín, Gil, Iturraspe (Etxaburu, min 72), Martín, Etxeberria, Santamaría (Vegas, min 87)

Goals: 1-0, Dongou, min 52, i 2-0, Dongou, min 70.

Referees: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo.

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