Barcelona Win Copa del Rey Over Sevilla After Intense Additional Time
Barcelona rounded off a tough-fought against domestic be used as Jordi Alba and Neymar struck in additional time to sink Sevilla 2- within the Copa del Rey final.
Luis Enrique’s side just were able to last longer than Madrid pair Atletico and Real to protect their title in La Liga also it was another task of endurance to determine off Sevilla in the Vicente Calderon.
The Andalusian side couldn’t replicate their second-half magnificence of Wednesday’s 3-1 Europa League final success against Liverpool, despite enjoying a lot of the play.
Javier Mascherano’s first-half dismissal and Luis Suarez’s withdrawal having a hamstring injuries stored Barca pegged back throughout, but Ever Banega’s dismissal in second-half stoppage time switched the tables.
Lionel Messi have been subdued throughout, however it was the Argentina star’s inch-perfect pass that put Alba right through to score within the 97th minute.
After Daniel Carrico saw red to increase the feisty atmosphere, Messi again hit top gear to setup Neymar’s clincher, sealing a 28th Copa del Rey for Barca, whose Champions League quarter-final exit as a result of Atletico stands because the only major blot on another stunning season.
Andres Iniesta switched inside a true captain’s performance of craft and guile throughout, and the superb scooped pass gave Suarez the very first chance, but he smashed wide.
Sevilla’s midweek hero Coke slashed wide after Vitolo presented him with a decent chance, however the Andalusian fans were raucous after Mascherano received his marching orders after hauling lower Kevin Gameiro around the fringe of this area using the Frenchman clean through on goal.
Banega curled the following free-kick within the wall and toward the very best corner, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen demonstrated his class having a superb save to tip the ball within the bar.
Gerard Pique nearly handed Barcelona charge within the dying minutes from the first half, beating his marker to Ivan Rakitic’s corner in the left, simply to thump his header inches over.
The sport was Sevilla’s to get rid of following Mascherano’s dismissal and Banega hit the publish following a flowing move because they switched in the heat and Suarez’s enforced substitution as a result of hamstring injuries made an appearance to depart Barca’s chances crumbling.
Rafinha’s introduction for that Uruguayan helped the Catalans control midfield better, only a final-ditch block from Sergio Busquets avoided Grzegorz Krychowiak from opening the scoring from the corner.
Neither side may find the breakthrough, but momentum entitled in Barcelona’s favour in stoppage time as Sevilla were reduced to 10 men after Banega introduced lower Neymar just outdoors the region and Sergio Rico needed to save from Messi and Jeremy Mathieu to pressure additional time.
However, Rico remained helpless as Alba raced onto Messi’s pinpoint chipped omit the defence and coolly slotted home.
Carrico was booked for any rough tackle on Messi, and the protestations earned another immediate yellow card, before Neymar sparked Barca’s celebrations in serious because he prodded home after more Messi magnificence.