Barcelona into Copa del Rey final with extra-time win
Barcelona Football: Lionel Messi has won a lot of titles for Barcelona. But judging by the situation, this season is something special for Messi. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Who knows, this may be his last season at Barca!
Although the answer to this uncertainty is in the hands of time, Barca supporters are counting the mistakes in their minds. At Camp Nou, Messi should have won at least one title before his final season. Last night, Messi’s teammates created such an opportunity – Barca beat Sevilla 3-0 in the return leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal. Ronald Koman’s team reached the final with a 3-2 victory in two legs.
Barcelona Football: Barca lost the first leg 2-0 at Sevilla. The return leg was at home but the equation was difficult for Barca. No goals can be digested, and the match can be taken in extra time if at least two goals are scored. After Usman Dembele and Gerard Pique did just that, Martin Brathwaite’s extra-time goal gave Barca the win.
It was clear from the start of the game how desperate the hosts were to win the return leg. Although Sevilla is a tough opponent in Spanish domestic football and the Europa League, Dembele-Messi kept the team’s defense at bay from the start. Dembele started the mission to turn Barca around in the 12th minute with a great shot from outside the box. His curved shot took refuge in the net. In the 6th minute after the break, Jordi Albar Volley missed the goal at the goal post of Sevilla.
Barcelona football: Sevilla had a chance to take the lead five minutes later. The team counter-attacked. Barca defender Oscar Mingueya fouled in the box to stop their winger Lucas Ocampos. But Ocampos’ spot-kick was easily blocked and saved by Barca goalkeeper Mark Andre Ter-Stegen. In the added time the drama fills the match. Sevilla midfielder Fernando was shown a second yellow card for a foul.
After that, Pique scored the equalizer for Barca. Messi’s free-kick takes a corner in Sevilla’s ‘human wall’. The Baca defender scored a goal by jumping very high from the corner of Antoine Griezmann. Pique’s goal is reminiscent of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos’ equalizer in the last minute of the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid. Barca grabbed Sevilla with one more player in extra time to play in the goal of the pick. Brathwaite scored the winning goal in the 95th minute with a header from Albar Cross.