Barcelona and Real Madrid were both knocked out of the Copa del Rey

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The 30-times winners were upset by Athletic, while Real Sociedad stunned Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Record 30-times winners Barcelona were stunned by Athletic Bilbao to exit the Copa del Rey in a 1-0 defeat thanks to Inaki Williams’ stoppage-time header.

Spanish striker Williams buried a chance into the bottom corner to spark pandemonium at a lively San Mames stadium. The win brought back memories of Aritz Aduriz’s added-time goal in another 1-0 win over the Catalans on the first day of the Liga season.

Messi appears dejected as Athletic strike late (REUTERS)

They join fellow Basque club Real Sociedad along with Granada and second-tier Mirandes in Friday’s semi-final draw, which will not include Real Madrid, Barca or Atletico Madrid for the first time in 17 years.

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The defeat piles on the pressure on Barca after a tough week where captain Lionel Messi hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal and forward Ousmane Dembele picked up another hamstring injury to end his season and leave Quique Setien with limited options.

Barca defender Gerard Pique said the team needed to show unity and refrain from in-fighting, adding that the performance, if not the result, proved that they had moved on from the saga.

Real Madrid was also dumped out after losing 4-3 at home to Real Sociedad in a hugely entertaining game that saw two goals ruled out by video technology and a late red card for the visitors.

Sociedad’s Sweden forward Alexander Isak inspired an incredible attacking display, scoring twice in the second period, setting up the fourth goal for Mikel Merino and also having a strike ruled out for offside.

Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, who is on loan from Madrid, had given the visitors the lead midway through the first half, following up on the rebound after home keeper Alphonse Areola could only parry a long-range effort from Isak.

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