FC Barcelona has partly washed away the nasty taste of a tumultuous week with a final spot in the Copa del Rey. Ronald Koemans team had to get rid of a 2-0 gap in the semi-finals against Seville and succeeded. After 90 minutes of playing it was 2-0 for Barcelona, but the extension brought Catalans the liberating 3-0.
Barça came out in a delicious game. Within a quarter of an hour, Ousmane Dembélé set the Catalans ahead with a beautiful distance shot: 1-0. After that, the one-way traffic was towards the goal of Seville.
Barcelona got some great opportunities without the 2-0 being on the scoreboard. Frenkie de Jong just failed to enter the ball after a combination between Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba. And Messi saw his ball on the target line turned by defender Marcos Acuña.
Even after rest, Barcelona did not manage for a long time to hit the coveted second hit. Jordi Alba hit the bar. Nor did the arrival of Antoine Griezmann change the situation for the time being.
Luuk de Jong was replaced in the 54th minute at Seville, when coach Julen Lopetegui applied three bills at the same time. Karim Rekik came in at the same time.
More than 15 minutes before, Seville, where Luuk de Jong had a base place, missed an excellent opportunity to decide the fight over two duels. After a violation on Lucas Ocampos, the referee put the ball on the dot. But that same Ocampos saw his penalty stopped by Marc-André ter Segen. Only far in the extra time Gerard Piqué still signed for the 2-0 so that it had to be extended. Fernando of Seville had been given the red card a few moments before that.
After four minutes in the extension, Martin Braithwaite was responsible for the third Barcelona hit.
The exchanged Luuk de Jong also received the red card, but that was in the extension after he had already taken his seat in the gallery.
In the second extension, Seville was unable to make the oh so important countergoal, so FC Barcelona managed to reach the final of the Spanish Cup in a week full of low points for the club.
Earlier this week, the Spanish football world was in turmoil after the police arrested Josep Maria Bartomeu, former president of FC Barcelona. His arrest and the search at Camp Nou stadium would have to do with the scandal known as Barça-gate. Bartomeu would have hired a company for about 1 million euros that launched an online slander campaign against its opponents, including current selection players Messi and Piqué.