Barcelona vs Sevilla (3-0): Magical, wonderful, and unforgettable! Koeman’s first great magical night for Barca was also the night of the first silent comeback in the history of the Camp Nou. Barca came back from Sevilla 2-0 with an agonizing goal in the 94th minute, from Pique; and resolved with the decisive one, from Braithwaite, in extra time. Without the encouragement of the public, the other usual ingredients came together in a comeback an early goal; which was the work of Dembele; epic, by forcing the extension of Pique at the last gasp and after Ter Stegen had stopped a penalty against Ocampos. An intense extension, in which a Sevilla with ten, due to the expulsion of Fernando by double card, desperately tried to do what he had not done in ninety minutes; and suffering in the second part of overtime, especially after Piqué, elevated to hero status, held out on the field, in extra time, despite the fact that he had injured his injured knee. Legendary Gerard. And legendary Koeman.
Barca showed enthusiasm from the first moment: fast-paced game, with intensity, power, and arrivals at the top. With the same drawing that was successful in Seville in the league game, he went for what he needed in the tie goals. Sevilla, meanwhile, improved compared to four days earlier. Their two doubtful pieces also played. The winger Acuna played from the beginning and the winger Ocampos, in the final stretch, in search of greater freshness. Ocampos faced a Mingueza whose display was enormous at all times. Despite this step forward for the Sevilla team, in the first half Lopetegui’s men only had two arrivals. And little else in the second, apart from the penalty.
Right off the bat, it was very clear that Barca wanted to play the third half of their big game last Saturday at the Pizjuan, not in the Cup but in LaLiga. You had to come back from 2-0, a score that forces you not to concede a goal if you don’t want the mission to become impossible. Dembele, in that spearhead position that Koeman found him in his 3-5-2, was once again the protagonist.
Barcelona vs Sevilla (3-0): The faith of the Barca puts him in the final
As Sergino Dest arrived from the right, Dembele fell asleep when he had a relatively simple shot and then shot high after Pedri’s pass. After a shot (from outside the area !!!) by Sergio Busquets that caught the goal, for the third time, Dembele had a great goal from his magician’s hat.
French striker received after a slalom Messi endured, faced a Kounde, and apparently s and retreated. He stepped back, left the area to gain meters, and with Sevilla’s rear well planted, he armed his right leg and launched a very powerful shot that entered the goal from the very squad.
Sevilla, after a cowardly start in which they had seen how Barça had advanced and created chances, then breathed for a few minutes and approached Ter Stegen’s goal in a pass from Jordan that De Jong narrowly missed. But Barca, with a devilish pace and brutal pressure, had once again pushed Lopetegui’s men towards their goal.
Barca continued to dominate after the break but entered a more prudent mode after the great physical display of the first half. Aware that a goal from Sevilla decided everything, the Barça team controlled Sevilla’s attempts, which put En-Nesiry on top against Piqué when a misguided De Jong (Luuk) marched.
After Jordi Alba sent a spectacular volley to the crossbar to the center of Dembélé, a key play came En-Nesyri faced Piqué and opened Ocampos, who faced Mingueza, collided with him and gave Sánchez Martínez reasons to do what he was dying to do: whistle a penalty, while Ocampos, on the ground, celebrated the decision. Ter Stegen stopped the launch and gave Barça an extra life for the final arreon.
With the entry of Griezmann and Ilaix, Junior for a Mingueza with a card and later Trincao and Braithwaite, Barça went for everything: they locked up Sevilla but had problems to finish. Pique, placed as ‘nine ‘, finished off with a header after Ocampos, the same one from the penalty, rejected a shot with his hand. Nothing, play.
The outcome of heart attack
Koeman’s changes were to be decisive. When the time was up and Sevilla was already licking their lips, Fernando made an entrance from behind to Messi and saw the second card. The foul ended in a corner and, after a series of attacks and rejections, a cross from Griezmann was finished off on goal by Pique.
Junior, of Betic origin, and Griezmann almost overtook the Catalans at the start of extra time. It was Braithwaite who was in charge of doing it, with an impeccable header to the center of Jordi Alba. Sevilla, with an absolute loss of nerves, requested a foul in an involuntary hand of Lenglet that the VAR reviewed. On the other hand, he did not review a double attack from Diego Carlos to Braithwaite in the area.
Barca held out with everything, even Ter Stegen had to stop a ball. And Messi and Ilaix ended up in the corner. At the end!