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FC Barcelona 3-2 Sevilla FC: Copa del Rey Semi-final Thriller

FC Barcelona during the Copa del Rey semifinal against Sevilla/Photo: Twitter

FC Barcelona took the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final by storm at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night. With being 0-2 down in the first leg, the Catalan giants Barcelona hammered Sevilla with a crazy 3-0 (agg. 3-2) comeback.

Ronald Koeman and his men, likewise, wounded Sevilla by 0-2 on their own ground last week in La Liga. They similarly, with their high team spirit and good form displayed a stunning game and reserved a spot for themselves in the final.

With this win, Barcelona have become the only club to reach most finals in the history of the Copa del Rey (42). They also happen to be the only team with the most Copa del Rey titles (30).

Having said that, the Blaugrana are due to face Athletic Club during the cup final, which will be held in April. The Andalusians in the meantime will continue their focus on the league and upcoming UCL round of 16 tie.

FC BARCELONA 3-2 SEVILLA FC TEAM NEWS:

Sevilla manager, Julen Lopetegui opted for a 4-2-3-1 line-up and made most changes, all in the second half. Ivan Rakitic and Rekik replaced Luuk de Jong and Marcos Acuña. After picking up a strain, Jesus Navas came in for Aleix Vidal in the 53rd minute. Further, Oliver Torres came off for Lucas Ocampos in the 62nd minute while Papu Gomez came in for Suso in the 79th minute.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman went with the same 3-5-2 line-up, where Sergio Busquets and Oscar Mingueza made way for Ilaix Moriba and Junior Firpo. As well as, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele cleared the road for Martin Braithwaite and Francisco Trincão. In the later minutes, Antoine Griezmann subbed for Sergiño Dest.

FC BARCELONA 3-2 SEVILLA FC POST-MATCH ANALYSIS:

Barcelona pressed Sevilla from the very start, and thanks to Ousmane Dembele who put his team upfront after striking a wonderful goal in the 12th minute.

After the second half was underway, a threat wrapped Barça after Sevilla were awarded a penalty in the 71th minute for Oscar Mingueza body touching Lucas Ocampos. However, Ter Stegen and his gloves cancelled out Ocampos’ desire to triple the score. The Azulgrana, for a most time, kept the ball in their possession but were blocked by Sevilla and their well-built defense.

Furthermore, after few subs, the goal-scoring efforts were restored. Antoine Griezmann’ cross found Gerard Pique, who with a smooth header levelled the visitor’s score at extra time. Nevertheless, Barcelona, after 4 minutes saw themselves turn the game in their favor after Martin Braithwaite found the back of the net, and spiced up the scoresheet.

With the game being pushed in extra time, Sevilla hanged a certain over the result. They also claimed a penalty following a handball for Clement Lenglet in the 99th minute. But it was eventually ruled out by VAR. In the end, Lopetegui’s side did nothing to trouble the hosts, and Barcelona eased an impressive, yet dramatic comeback.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

Gerard Pique (Man of the Match) – 9/10: Led a strong performance in the back, and scored an impressive header which gave the team all the courage ahead of the added time.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 8.5/10: Even with the opponents having 6 shots, he carried out everything with perfection. He can also be hailed as the hero of the hour, for saving that crucial penalty kick.

Marcos Acuña – 6/10: Gave and did his all to keep Barcelona from scoring. However, he was called off in the second half.

The whole of Barcelona team players delivered amazing gameplay. They will now travel to face Osasuna on Sunday. Meanwhile, Sevilla too will face Elche in an away league fixture on Saturday.

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