Athletic Bilbao’s forward Aritz Aduriz (L) is congratulated by teammates after scoring their team’s fourth goal during the Spanish Supercup first-leg football match Athletic Club Bilbao vs FC Barcelona in Bilbao on August 14, 2015 (AFP Photo/Ander Gillenea)
Madrid (AFP) – European champions Barcelona were stunned by an Aritz Aduriz hat-trick and brilliant opener from Mikel San Jose as Athletic Bilbao took a 4-0 lead into the second-leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Barca had picked up their fourth trophy of the year in Tbilisi on Tuesday with a 5-4 win over Sevilla in extra time in the UEFA Super Cup.
But those exertions clearly took their toll as an under-strength side was dominated from the off by the Basques who exacted revenge for defeat in the Copa del Rey final back in May.
San Jose fired in a volley from just inside the Barca half to break the deadlock before Aduriz struck three times in 15 second-half minutes to give Ernesto Valverde’s side a huge advantage heading into Monday’s second-leg.
“To score four against Barcelona is almost impossible. We are very satisfied with our work but the second leg is still to come and it is going to be very tough,” Aduriz told Spanish TV station Telecinco.
“We cannot think that Barca in their stadium can’t score four goals. They are the best and capable of doing anything.”
Barca’s defensive deficiencies had been laid bare in blowing a 4-1 lead against Sevilla that forced them into an energy-sapping extra 30 minutes in the Georgian capital.
However, with Gerard Pique among four first-team regulars rested the Catalans were even more of a shambles at the back and this time couldn’t be rescued by an off-colour Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
It is the first time in 14 years that the Catalans have conceded four times in two consecutive games.
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Source:: PM Newspaper