Excellent atmosphere tonight which bought the 2011-2012 Spanish Football season to an end.
FC Barcelona started in a "Blitzkrieg" fashion catching a nervous young Athletic on a wrong foot continuously. The pace & intensity put in by Barcelona was too much for the Bilbao defence as Messi, Pedro & company gave signs early with near misses that they meant business.
The business came in the 3rd min when PEDRO, who wished to send a message to Spanish International selector Del Bosque, opened the flood gates with his 3rd min opener. LIONEL MESSI then found the back of the net from a precision Iniesta pass in the 20th min & PEDRO put in a third ( his second ) in the 24th min that KOed Bilbao.
As with all finals there was a controversial moment when a Pique grab on Llorente in the penalty square was not called in the 26th min, an opportunity for Bilbao if called that we will never know if it would have changed anything at all.
In the second half we saw Bilbao make some changes ( in I. Perez & A.Herrera ) in the midfield & they put a "marker" on the dangerous Messi whiched calmed Barça somewhat as Bilbao played more with pride than with head. Barcelona with a comfortable 3 goals played with calm & allowed Bilbao to play more the ball but without causing any real danger. The end result was that Barça cancelled out all the attacks & managed in the end to win the SPANISH CUP 2011-2012. Deservedly & overwhelmingly superior was Barcelona which now has 26 Spanish Cup titles & Guardiola leaves with his 14th overall title since at Barça as Coach.
Sad for Bilbao which losses its second final in a row this season but this will serve to give experience to their young team which I am sure will be back fighting for titles in coming seasons.
Congratulations to Barcelona!