Barcelona did exactly what was needed of them on Wednesday evening at Camp Nou, pulling off a 3-0 victory against Sevilla to secure their place in the final of the Copa del Rey. Sevilla had won the first leg 2-0, but Barcelona, buoyed by their 2-0 defeat of Sevilla in La Liga this past weekend, got the job done.
Ronald Koeman kept with the three-at-the-back system that served him so well at Sevilla, electing to bench Antoine Griezmann for the third game straight and give prominence to his countryman, Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman paid his coach back in the 12th minute, leaving Tomas Vaclik still as a statue between the posts with a true golazo. Sevilla then had a golden chance to draw level in the second half, but substitute Lucas Ocampos saw his weak penalty kick easily saved by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
It was a mistake they’d rue, as Gerard Pique scored Barcelona’s aggregate equaliser to take the game into extra-time in the 94th minute, an additional disadvantage for Sevilla given they were down to ten men following Fernando‘s red card moments before the goal. Martin Braithwaite then put Barcelona in the driving seat with a third goal, connecting well with Jordi Alba’s cross to confirm a stunning comeback.
Lionel Messi didn’t score on the night, but he was involved in one of its viral moments. The Argentine, whose future at Barcelona is very much up in the air, vigorously celebrated the Blaugrana’s aggregate equaliser, scored by Pique, underlining that contrary to popular belief he’s absolutely focused on helping Barcelona win titles this season and has by no means lost that fire within.
For those that say Lionel Messi’s lost that fire, look at how he celebrated Barcelona’s aggregate equaliser. pic.twitter.com/roitdpklky
— Alan Feehely (@azulfeehely) March 3, 2021
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Luck shined for barca on that night,that’s all.
Barcelona need to work on the defense. We make school boy error most times in the defense. Secondly , we need defensive mildfieder to reduce pressure on the defense. Since macherano left no replacement, that is why they can perform well in champion leaque.