Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla (3-2 agg): Remontada and Copa final prize

The Catalans did it thanks to Ter Stegen, Pique and Braithwaite among others

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Barcelona did it and their wild cup run continues. This is the third Copa del Rey match they have gone to extra-time in, with Gerard Pique’s 94th-minute header forcing the show to go on.

Along with Ousmane Dembele’s fine opener, it helped Ronald Koeman’s side recover the 2-0 deficit they suffered in Seville in the semi-final first leg.

Lucas Ocampos missed a penalty for Sevilla, which could have killed the game at 1-0 to Barca, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen saving his effort after Oscar Mingueza’s foul.

Then Fernando was dismissed in the final stages of the 90 before Pique headed in substitute Antoine Griezmann’s cross.

Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa, Sunday’s election candidates, watched the game from the presidential box, and one of them will get the chance to be the figurehead of the club in the cup final against either Athletic Bilbao or Levante, who play Thursday.

Barcelona are 30-time record Copa del Rey winners and it seemed the competition wanted them to get to the final again in this run, including that 5-3 win in extra-time against Granada and wins over Cornella and Rayo Vallecano.

Martin Braithwaite headed in Alba’s cross in extra-time to further extend their lead on the night and it was the goal that sealed the Catalans’s progress, as Sevilla tried in vain to find the away goal to turn it around.

Jules Kounde, who scored in the first leg, came close but Ter Stegen saved his low effort.




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