Two renowned sides in their respective leagues, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have etched themselves in the record books today.
PSG battled Auxerre in the Coupe de France final and won, 1-0, thanks to Edinson Cavani’s 31st goal of the season. The French club has become the first team to claim the domestic treble after also snagging the Ligue 1 trophy and Coupe de la Ligue.
Barcelona captured its 27th Copa del Rey crown in a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao, while Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar set the new Spanish record for the most single-season goals from an offensive trio. Messi scored a brace and Neymar added the third in a FCB’s 3-1 victory.
Les Parisiens had little doubt that Auxerre could not compete as scoring chances were abundant in the first half with Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic imposing their will, but goalkeeper Donovan Leon–and the post saving Thiago Motta’s endeavor–managed to keep the second-tier side in it.
Laurent Blanc’s team, who had AJA struggling to hold lasting possession, were awarded in the 64th minute when Cavani surged ahead in the box to nail a strong header that knocked the crossbar and crossed the goal line. Leon was helpless.
Unable to meet Gregory van der Wiel’s delivery in the 85th minute, Ibrahimovic missed a prime opportunity to give his squad a 2-0 lead, but PSG was never really challenged despite the close scoreline.
Meanwhile, Barca felt at ease for most of the match as well.
Messi’s first goal was a great individual exertion in the 20th minute. The Argentinean glided into the penalty area in classic style, beating several Bilbao defenders and applying the casual near-post finish past goalie Iago Herrerin.
Sixteen minutes passed before Neymar received the ball from excellent combination play between Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, the Brazilian slotting it home before he missed multiple occasions later in the match.
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Early in the second half, Xavi was brought onto the pitch as a substitute and the crowd paid tribute to a longtime Barcelona legend, one that will end his career at Camp Nou following a bid for a treble next week vs. Juventus in the Champions League final.
In the 74th minute, Dani Alves fed Messi and he did the rest for his second goal, splitting the defense and punching his strike in for the game-sealer.
Inaki Williams hit the iron prior to the half and scored the lone goal for Bilbao in the 79th minute, but at that point, it was too little too late for the Lions.