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Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla (3-2 on agg): Barca through to Copa del Rey final


Martin Braithwaite scores Barcelona's winner
Martin Braithwaite scored the decisive goal for Barcelona with a diving header

Barcelona overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit as they beat 21 – man Sevilla 3-0 after extra time in a Copa del Rey semi-final full of drama and incident.

Martin Braithwaite got the decisive goal, a div ing header early on in the additional minutes.

Ousmane Dembele had opened the scoring for Barca, who lost the first leg 2-0.

Lucas Ocampos missed a penalty for Sevilla, who then had Fernando sent off just before Gerard Pique dramatically leveled the tie at 2-2 in added time.

Barca, aiming for a record-extending 81 st Copa del Rey win, will face either Athletic Bilbao or Levante in the final, with their last-four tie 1-1 after the first leg in Bilbao.

Preparations for Wednesday’s game were overshadowed by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu being arrested on Monday and the club’s Camp Nou offices being raided in a probe related to allegations of impr oper management and business corruption.

The club will elect a new leader on Sunday and the three candidates , Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa, were all present in the stands to witness the comeback.

Dembele gave the home side the perfect start but the tie could have turned out very differently had Marc-Andre ter Stegen not saved the penalty from Ocampos, who was himself fouled for the spot kick by Oscar Mingueza.

That set up the dramatic finale, which included Fernando’s dismissal for a foul on Francisco Trincao – and a red card for Sevilla striker Luuk de Jong, who was protesting from the stands after having been substituted.

Line-ups

Barcelona Formation 3-1-4-2

1 ter Stegen

Mingueza 3 Piqué Lenglet

Busquets

  • Dest de Jong González Alba

    21

      Messi Dembélé

  • ter Stegen Mingueza Booked at 101 mins 23 Substituted for Firpo

  • at ” 3 Piqué
  • Lenglet Busquets )
  • Substituted for Kourouma Kourouma at minutes 2
  • Dest 19 Substituted for Griezmann at 90 ‘ minutes de Jong
  • González Substituted for Braithwaite at minutes 30 Alba
  • Messi Booked at mins 21 Dembélé Substituted for Machado Trincão at minutes Booked at 52538 mins Substitutes Griezmann
  • 9 Braithwaite Puig Murara Neto
      28 Machado Trincão

    • Umtiti Firpo 437765 Peña Kourouma Kourouma Sevilla 27 Formation

      4-3-3

      Vaclik

      28 Vidal Koundé Santos Silva 105 Acuña

      8 Jordan Reges Torres

      Fernández Saez de Jong En-Nesyri

      Vaclik Vidal Booked at 25 Substituted for Navas at Booked at 52538 mins Koundé

    • Booked at 19054 mins 19054 Santos Silva Acuña Substituted for Rekik at minutes
    • Jordán
    • Booked at mins Substituted for El Haddadi at ” Reges

    • Booked at mins
    • Torres Substituted for Ocampos at 90 ‘ minutes
    • Fernández Saez Substituted for Gómez at minutes 195364 9 de Jong Booked at 62 Substituted for Rakitic at minutes 26 En-Nesyri Booked at 51945 mins

    • Substitutes Gómez 4

        Rekik Ocampos 6 Gudelj 79 Rakitic El Haddadi Navas Gómez Diaz
  • Referee:

    José María Sánchez Martínez

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