Neymar strikes against Bilbao.

Neymar and Luis Suarez help Barcelona claim Copa del Rey win against Athletic Bilbao

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Barcelona looked in danger of potentially exiting the Copa del Rey this evening in the second leg of their quarter-final tie against Athletic Bilbao. Then Luis Suarez and Neymar stepped up.

The Catalan club held a 2-1 advantage from the first leg, however Inaki Williams opened the scoring after 12 minutes at the Nou Camp to make it 2-2 on aggregate. 

That remained the scoreline until after half-time when Suarez struck a fine goal to give Barcelona the lead. The Uruguayan, who became the the first player in Europe to reach 30 goals this season, turned home Lionel Messi's cross with 54 minutes on the clock.

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Defender Gerard Pique helped move Barcelona one step closer to repeating their historic treble of last season, when he made it 2-1 after 81 minutes - and then Neymar put the icing on the cake.

The Brazilian took on numerous Bilbao defenders before lashing his shot into the roof of the net in emphatic fashion. Worryingly for Barcelona fans, Neymar seemed to be limping slightly after scoring, having taken a kick to his right foot in the build-up to his goal.

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You can check out all three of the goals at the bottom of this article. 

There was a surprise in the other quarter-final tonight as Celta Vigo knocked out title challengers Atletico Madrid. 

After playing out a 0-0 draw in the first leg, two goals from Pablo Hernandez, and a strike from former Manchester City striker John Guidetti sent Diego Simeone's side tumbling out of the competition. 

Attention now turns back to La Liga, where Barcelona and Atletico are level on points at the top of the table. Luis Enrique's side have a game in hand however, with Real Madrid four points back in third place.

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