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Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla, Detailed Player Ratings: An incredible comeback

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We take a detailed look at the player ratings in the Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla (3-2 agg.) game in the Copa del Rey 2nd leg of the semi-finals.


Heading into the second leg of the semi-final, Barcelona had a sense of optimism. But a 2-0 deficit against one of the toughest opponents in Spain? Still seemed like a bit of a write-off. But boy did the Blaugrana flip the script in an emphatic fashion. In a remarkable turnaround, the Catalans pulled off a 3-0 win against Sevilla after dragging them to extra time, to reach the Copa del Rey final.

It couldn’t have been more dramatic. A stunner from Ousmane Dembele, a penalty save and a miracle stop from Marc Andre Ter Stegen, the last gasp header from Gerard Pique to force extra time, two red cards for Sevilla and a Martin Braithwaite goal to cap off the win — A sweet victory for Barcelona in a topsy-turvy season.

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Ronald Koeman stuck to his guns with the 3-5-2 setup that won them the La Liga game against Sevilla in midweek. And as the adage says, there wasn’t any need to fix something that wasn’t broken. Barcelona managed to completely dominate the Andalusians and went one better from their league victory to secure a final berth. They will now face either Levante or Athletic Club Bilbao in a bid to win a record 31st Copa del Rey title.

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And what better way to do it than tonight’s display. A performance-driven by immense character, talent and unity.

Marc Andre Ter Stegen: 9

The German hardly put a foot wrong in goal. Alert and commanding as ever, Ter Stegen was heroic in the second half. He saved and held on to Lucas Ocampos’ 73rd-minute penalty, not only keeping Barcelona’s lead intact on the night but also preventing the all-important away goal which would have certainly put the tie beyond Barcelona’s reach.

Oscar Mingueza: 7.5

After a superb showing against Sevilla at the weekend, the youngster put in another solid shift playing at the right of Koeman’s back three, making some crucial interceptions and also a few really good line-breaking passes. He was unlucky to give away the penalty when he brought down Ocampos with a dangling leg, but more than made up for it otherwise. Mingueza was assured in possession and completed 69 out of his 72 attempted passes. A stellar 96% completion rate.

Gerard Pique: 9

He has to be without a doubt, one of the most important figures in the club’s recent history. One president scoring in front of the three presidential candidates who were all at the Camp Nou to witness the drama that unfolded in this enthralling match.

His 94th-minute goal will grab the headlines, but he was rock solid at the back as well. He made 21 recoveries and did not lose the ball even once. Constantly covered for his fellow center-backs whenever needed. There was an injury scare as he went down holding his knee in the second half of extra time, but battled on to see out the game. Just a wonderful showing from the veteran.

Clement Lenglet: 7

Lenglet has been struggling for form lately but tonight’s display will do his confidence a lot of good. Nothing remarkable but a strong, silent display on the left side of the defensive three. Covered well for Jordi Alba when he moved upfield and was really solid in the air. Did very well to nullify most of the threat coming from Sevilla’s right flank.

Sergino Dest: 6

The American had a very promising first half but dwindled in the second. Playing higher up in the wingback role, he made a few good passes and was energetic as ever. But failed to provide anything too substantial down the right. Did not do much wrong either, before being replaced by Antoine Griezmann in the 63rd minute.

Jordi Alba: 8

Typically dangerous in attack, Alba was a constant menace from left wingback. Bombed forward and always provided the width needed to stretch out the Sevilla defense. Pressed relentlessly to win the ball high up. He was unlucky not to score himself with a thunderous volley that rattled the bar. He was unfazed though as his terrific cross set up Martin Braithwaite’s header which gave Barcelona the third goal and subsequently the win.

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Pedri: 6

After an injury scare at the weekend, his inclusion was surprising. He was typically energetic but failed to produce anything of real substance. Connected well with his teammates and had one look at the goal which he sent wide. Aside from that, not the most noteworthy performance from the youngster.

Frenkie De Jong: 8

His form under Ronald Koeman in this new advanced role just seems to keep improving. De Jong was majestic at times, holding and carrying the ball forward effortlessly. Other than a few sloppy moments, he was indomitable. Covered every area of the pitch with or without the ball and never lost his intensity. He had 121 touches and completed 93% of his passes, never looking like letting up. Another solid, promising showing from the Dutchman.

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Sergio Busquets: 7.5

Assured as ever on the ball and screened the defense very well off it. Busquets played a few wonderful through passes in the first half but then just mostly opted for safety, which was perhaps a wise decision. Got farther forward to provide support quite a few times as well. A safe presence in the midfield and crucial to the result.

Lionel Messi: 8

Not the Argentine’s best outing of late, but even so better than most players in the world even on an average day at the office. The most noteworthy aspect of his performance? His relentless pressing and tracking back. Typically dropped deep to collect the ball and sprayed wonderful passes to his teammates. Completed all 11 dribbles that he attempted.

He had the chances to score a goal or two himself and was unlucky to see an effort cleared off the line. Quieter than usual, but still a key figure for Barcelona. Thankfully they didn’t have to rely solely on him to score in order to progress tonight.

Ousmane Dembele: 8.5

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The Frenchman is finally looking like he is leaving his troubled past at Barcelona behind. Scored a stunning goal early on in the game, lifting the team’s confidence and setting the bar high. His strike dictated the flow of the game, giving everyone more assurance to go for the win.

Aside from a wonderful goal, also tracked back without any hesitation and was generally a constant menace out wide. His second goal against Sevilla in as many games, but this one even more beautiful and significant than the last.

Substitutes:

Antoine Griezmann: 7.5. Came on and rejuvenated the team with his impeccable work-rate. Provided a moment of magic as he set up Pique’s header with a wonderful turn and pinpoint cross.

Ilaix Moriba: 6.5

Martin Braithwaite: 7. Did exactly what he was brought on to do. Scored the crucial winner in extra time and handed Barcelona the win and the tie.

Francisco Trincao: 6

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