Barcelona, Real dumped out of Spanish Cup

Lionel Messi can't believe his miss and Barcelona's exit from the Spanish Cup

Barcelona were sent crashing out of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals as they were beaten 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday after a stoppage time header from Inaki Williams.

Striker Williams glanced a cross into the bottom corner to spark jubilant scenes inside a rocking San Mames stadium, just moments after he had squandered a gilt-edged chance.

Barca captain Lionel Messi spurned a glorious late opportunity for the visitors when he could only shoot at the legs of Athletic keeper Unai Simon while his fellow striker Antoine Griezmann also came close in the second half.

The Catalans have won the Cup a record 30 times but join Real Madrid in being knocked out after Zinedine Zidane's side were beaten 4-3 at home to Real Sociedad earlier on Thursday.

Zidane offered no excuses after their 21-match unbeaten run across all competitions came to an end.

"This is football. Things have not gone as we wanted," Zidane told a post-match press conference.

"It was a complicated game, but we tried until the end and the reaction was good."

On-loan midfielder Martin Odegaard, who is set to spend two seasons at Sociedad, put the visitors ahead against his parent club after 21 minutes.

Two quick goals from Alexander Isak early in the second half did the damage and, although Marcelo pulled a goal back, Mikel Merino swept in a fourth.

Zidane felt defensive mistakes had cost his team, but maintained there were still plenty of reasons to be positive going forwards.

"We don't have to change anything. We have to keep working and fighting," he said.

"Elimination hurts, we have to tell the truth, we don't like defeat, but we have a game on Sunday (at Osasuna) and we're going to focus on it."

Zidane made no apologies, however, for his squad selection, which again found no place for Wales forward Gareth Bale while the likes of Brazilian midfielder Casemiro were rested.

"Others have played and fought. It is what had to be done with those who were able to play," Zidane said.