Neymar celebrates his goal beside El Haddadi, after scoring during their Spanish Copa del Rey match. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Barcelona made smooth progress in their bid for a fourth King's Cup triumph in eight years when Munir el Haddadi and Neymar struck in a 2-1 success at Athletic Bilbao in their quarterfinal, first leg Wednesday. Barca have beaten Bilbao three times in the final since 2009, including last season, and the Spanish and European champions made light of the absence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to gain the upper hand ahead of the return game at the Nou Camp in a week's time.Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen pulled off a fine reaction save to keep out Sabin Merina's header nine minutes from time but Bilbao pulled a goal back a minute from time.Barca, the record winners, were up against a Bilbao side whose 23 triumphs, the most recent in 1984 against Barca, are only bettered by the Catalan club's 27 .
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