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Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla (3-2 agg): Match Review — Another iconic ‘Remontada’ for Barça

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First-half

Same teams, different day and occasion. Barcelona faced Sevilla at Camp Nou to overturn a significant deficit.

The Catalans were up for the fight as Ronald Koeman showed his intentions by keeping the same tactics that won him the game a few days ago. Well, the players were incredible. From Sergiño Dest to Ousmane Dembélé, passing by Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong. Every Blaugrana shirt was head and shoulders above every white one.

The first-half was a recital of football from the locals, and all they needed was a bit more luck with their finishing to get the second.

Second-half

Well, Barcelona kept on going in the second half. The Catalan giants were relentless. Both their pressing and their attacking movement were near-perfect; they just lacked the finishing.

In truth, it is hard to score twice when a side defends as Sevilla did. The visitors played a very conservative game and tried to go on the counter. One could count the Sevillans’ opportunities on their hand. That shows how good the Blaugrana players were.

In the end, Barcelona got what they deserved. They played superbly and got a deserved leveller at the death. The Catalan side gives their fans the chills every time they step on the pitch, and this night, after the Granada one last tie, will be cherished in Barcelona folklore.

Watch: Ronald Koeman celebrating Gerard Piqué’s agg. equaliser goal

Extra-time

Well, when Sevilla tried to play football, they could not. The Andalusians were atrocious on the night and let Barcelona complete the comeback. They created nothing while being peppered with shots all night, while their hopes ended after being down to 10 men.

There was one team on the pitch tonight, and they played in red and blue. That comeback was magnificent and thoroughly deserved for the finalists.

Key moments

12′ GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Sevilla: Ousmane Dembélé and Lionel Messi combine well in the box, and the Frenchman manages to keep the ball on his feet. The Frenchman, on the edge of the box, takes an audacious shot that ends in the top corner, and he puts his side in front!

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33′ Dembélé is on the counter and finds Messi. The captain spots Frenkie de Jong, but the Dutchman cannot get his head on the ball. Pedri finds Messi in the tightest of angles, but the Argentine’s deflected shot is cleared off the line.

67′ Messi and Antoine Griezmann play a beautiful one-two, and the Frenchman makes a one-time pass to Dembélé. The goalscorer waits, weighs his options and sends a beautiful cross towards Jordi Alba. The left-back’s volley crashes into the crossbar.

72′ Sevilla are on the counter as Piqué cannot stop En-Nesyri. The Morrocan’s pass is brilliant, and Ocampos gets into the box where Oscar Mingueza tackles him. Penalty Sevilla.

73′ Marc-André Ter Stegen goes to his left and saves Ocampos’ penalty!

93′ Fernando stops Francisco Trincão from going through on goal and gets his second yellow card. The Brazilian is sent off.

94′ GOAL Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla: It is a corner for Barcelona and Griezmann keeps the ball on the edge of the box. The Frenchman sends it long, and Gerard Piqué scores.

95′ GOAL! Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla: Barcelona complete the comeback! Sevilla try to keep the ball out of their box, but Jordi Alba sends a cross towards Martin Braithwaite, and the Great Dane’s header ends up in the back of the net.

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Martin Braithwaite celebrating his header goal against Sevilla to put Barcelona 3-2 ahead on aggregate in the Copa del Rey Semi-finals | Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images

101′ Sevilla send a cross towards Ter Stegen’s goal, and the ball hits Clément Lenglet’s hand. VAR checks the play for a potential penalty but refuses to award the trailing side a penalty.

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