Barca defend Copa del Rey title

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Themorningbellbd.com desk, May 23:  FC Barcelona defended the Copa del Rey title with 2-0 victory against Sevilla FC in the final at Vicente Calderón Stadium, Madrid on Monday.

With this victory, the Catalans side Barca bagged the title for the 28th time. This is their 2nd triumph in this season back on the La Liga that ended in last weekend.

Barca secured treble titles — La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League — in the last year.

In the final, left-back Jordi Alba Ramos broke the deadlock for Barcelona in the 97th minute, after a barren stipulated 90 minutes and even the stopgap time.

Producing an excellent finish, Alba found the net across Sergio Rico off a fabulous diagonal pass of striker Lionel Messi who cut the ball over Vitolo to latch on, 1-0.

Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior doubled the winning margin in the 122nd minute.

Deceiving Sevilla’s defence, Messi fed a pass to Neymar who stabbed the ball home correctly, 2-0.

Barcelona reduced to 10-men in the 36th minute as their defender Javier Alejandro Mascherano was sent off having red card following foul on Sevilla forward Gameiro.

Gameiro raced on to Iborra’s flick-on, intended to get into the area but was hauled down by Mascherano as he was the last man. The referee swiftly showed a red card.

Sevilla were also down to 10-men in the stopgap time after 90 minutes as their Argentine midfielder Éver Maximiliano David Banega received a straight red card. Banega hauled forward Neymar down who was on to a Messi pass.

Finally, Sevilla reduced to 9-men in the 121st minute as the referee handed the 2nd yellow card to defender Daniel Filipe Martins Carriço that led to a subsequent red card.

Carrico produced a brilliant tackle on Messi, but the referee awarded the 2nd yellow card considering his attempt differently.

Source: Sportskeeda

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