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Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Barcelona - Follow the Copa del Rey final LIVE!
Join Goal.com for tonight's showpiece from the Vicente Calderon as we bring you the latest team news, press conferences and analysis. Contact us on Twitter @goal_intl with any questions...

Hosted by Luke Matthews

21:43 BST

5/25/12

Did you know?

Lionel Messi's strike tonight is his 73rd of the season in all competitions. 50 of these goals have come in La Liga, 14 in the Champions League, three in the Copa del Rey, three in the Supercopa, two in the Club World Cup and one strike in the European Supercup.

21:40 BST

5/25/12

Is this game over as a contest? It does appear that way. The Basque side are really trying to get back into it but Barca are defending with ease at the moment and if anything, you would fancy the Blaugrana to add to their tally.

21:36 BST

5/25/12

It seems that since going three goals down, Athletic Bilbao have actually decided to start playing football, instead of standing off Barca in awe of their masterful game.

21:32 BST

5/25/12

Another reaction from Ashish Sharma who can give us the lowdown on how Barca celebrated after grabbing that all-important third goal.

"This time its a total invasion of the bench by the players on the pitch as Pedro grabs his second of the game. But the best moment is a wonderful embrace between Guardiola and Tito Vilanova almost separate from the rest of the melee. Forget any talk of a rift amongst these two. They remain, and will remain the closest of friends."

21:30 BST

5/25/12

WHAT A GAME! Since that third Barca goal, both sides have come mightily close to scoring while seconds ago, Fernando Llorente was unlucky to not win a penalty after Gerard Pique appeared to pull him back in the box. Sterling stuff this, keep it up chaps!

21:27 BST

5/25/12

GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Barcelona (Pedro)

Game over? It certainly looks that way. It's just far too easy for the Catalans at the moment as Xavi lays the ball back to Pedro who places it into the bottom corner from the egde of the box, past the outstretched reach of Gorka Iraizoz.

21:27 BST

5/25/12

And after that goal, we can now bring you the reaction from the stadium where Ashish Sharma is currently present.

"Touchline madness!!! All the Barca subs leap out and start jumping up and down all over each other in a massive celebration after that wonder goal by Messi. But what a pass from Iniesta."

21:22 BST

5/25/12

GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Barcelona (Lionel Messi)

The Catalans have doubled their lead on the 20 minute mark and they fully deserve it. After some patient build-up play, Andres Iniesta picks out Lionel Messi with a ridiculously good through ball. The Argentine trusts his unfavoured right foot as he scoops the ball into the roof of the net from six yards out, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.

21:21 BST

5/25/12

There side may be behind but you wouldn't know it from the noise the Athletic Bilbao fans are making. The Basque contingent are cheering their team on like their's no tomorrow as they look to overturn the early deficit.

21:19 BST

5/25/12

Did you know?

Pedro has now scored in finals of the Copa del Rey, Supercopa, Champions League, European Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

21:18 BST

5/25/12

Barcelona are continuing to dominate proceedings although after that early strike, they have taken their foot off the gas. Here is Ashish Sharma with a reaction from Vicente Calderon after Pedro's early strike.

"Marcelo Bielsa has been sat on his haunches in the Bilbao technical area looking worried ever since that goal went in. Guardiola has just ambled out into his area for the first time, hands in pockets. He looks relaxed!"

21:13 BST

5/25/12

Did you know?

Pedro's strike is the fastest goal to start a Copa del Rey final since Raul Tamudo scored in the second minute in 2006. Espanyol would go on to defeat Zaragoza 4-1.

21:11 BST

5/25/12

Superb start from the Catalans and praise has to go to Pedro in particular. The winger hasn't had the greatest of seasons yet so far tonight, he's been great. Looks like the Barcelona B graduate is hitting top form just at the right time ahead of the Euros.

21:07 BST

5/25/12

GOAL! Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona (Pedro)

Blistering start for the Catalans who on their third attempt at goal, take the lead after only three minutes! Xavi's corner is met by Gerard Pique who sees his effort blocked by Oscar De Marcos. However, Pedro is on cue to drive home from 12 yards out as the Vicente Calderon explodes!

21:06 BST

5/25/12

We're underway now in the Copa del Rey final! If you're already getting bored of my musings and to be honest, who could blame you, our LIVE play-by-play commentary is available just below.

ATHLETIC BILBAO v BARCELONA LIVE

21:02 BST

5/25/12

We can now bring you another update from Ashish Sharma as both sides look to get the game underway. 

"Out come the teams to a cacophony of sound. Athletic fans holding up red and white cards. Barca fans reveal a huge banner which simply reads FORCA BARCA."

21:00 BST

5/25/12

The stadium is certainly packed to the rafters and looking at it, it seems there are more Athletic Bilbao supporters than those of Barcelona! Both sets of players are on the pitch now as the national anthem is played. The fans warmly applause it, despite pre-match fears.

20:54 BST

5/25/12

We are under 10 minutes from kick-off and I can confirm, the Vincente Calderon is bouncing! This could really prove to be one of the games of the season so don't go anywhere folks because here's Ashish Sharma with another update!

"On a serious note, there has been much concern about the reaction from both sets of fans to the playing of the national anthem. The president of the Madrid government said that should fans boo during its rendition, the game has to be suspended and replayed in another location behind closed doors."

20:52 BST

5/25/12

We can get the pre-match thoughts now from our Spanish football editor, Ben Hayward, on how he feels tonight's game will go.

"Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is set to depart but hopes to sign off with a 14th trophy in a fantastic four-year spell. The Catalan coach won his first silverware with this very title in 2009 as Barca beat Athletic 4-1 at Mestalla.

"Since then, they haven't looked back. Marcelo Bielsa, meanwhile, friend and mentor to Guardiola, will look for his side to make up for their Europe League final disappointment by spoiling the party in this game. Pep's players will be keen to ensure a fond farewell for their leader, however, and after their poor end to the season, it's hard to see the Basques producing an upset.

"Whoever wins, two teams set on attacking football and passing the ball around should produce an entertaining encounter. Let's hope so."

20:51 BST

5/25/12

Ashish again ...

"Ok this is it. The Catalan fans have gone mad. Flags and scarves being waved to madness as they gyrate left and right. Yep Lax'n'Busto are on stage!!! Its a grungy rock sound and they are Catalunya's top band!!!"