- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 5, 2011

BILBAO, SPAIN (AP) - Xavi Hernandez set a Barcelona record by playing in his 550th match, a 1-1 tie at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday night that advanced the Blaugrana to the quarterfinals of Spain’s Copa del Rey.

Defender Miguel “Migueli” Bernando played in 549 games from 1973-88.

Barcelona extended its unbeaten streak to 25 games, two short of the club record set in 1973-74.

Eric Abidal scored his first goal for Barcelona and the second of his club career, running in from the left flank to score off a pass from Lionel Messi in the 76th minute. Fernando Llorente tied the score in the 85th, but Barcelona advanced on away goals. The teams tied 0-0 at Barcelona in the first leg last month.

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