Barça got off to a great start in a delicious game. Within fifteen minutes, Ousmane Dembélé gave the Catalans the lead with a beautiful long shot: 1-0. After that it was one-way traffic towards the goal of Seville.
Barcelona had some great chances without the 2-0 on the scoreboard. Frenkie de Jong just fell short of tapping the ball in after a combination between Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba. And Messi saw his ball turned on the goal line by defender Marcos Acuña.
Even after the break, Barcelona was unable to shoot the coveted second goal for a long time. Jordi Alba hit the bar. The arrival of Antoine Griezmann also did not change the situation for the time being.
Luuk de Jong was replaced at Sevilla in the 54th minute, when coach Julen Lopetegui made three changes simultaneously. Karim Rekik came in at the same time.
More than fifteen minutes before the end, Sevilla, where Luuk de Jong had a basic place, missed an excellent opportunity to decide the fight over two duels. After a foul on Lucas Ocampos, the referee put the ball on the spot. But the same Ocampos saw his penalty be stopped by Marc-André ter Stegen. It was only well into extra time that Gerard Piqué still signed for the 2-0 so that extra time had to be taken. Fernando van Sevilla had just received the red card.
After four minutes in extra time, it was Martin Braithwaite who took the third Barcelona goal on his account.
The substituted Luuk de Jong also got the red card, but that was in the extension after he had already taken place in the stands.
In the second extension, Sevilla proved unable to score the all-important goal, so FC Barcelona still managed to reach the final of the Spanish Cup in a week full of lows for the club.
Earlier this week, the Spanish football world was in an uproar after police arrested Josep Maria Bartomeu, former FC Barcelona president. His arrest and the search of the Camp Nou stadium are said to be related to the scandal known as ‘Barça gate’. Bartomeu is said to have hired a company for about 1 million euros that launched an online smear campaign against his opponents, including the current selection players Messi and Piqué.
Luuk de Jong in action with Gerard Piqué and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
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