Football news - Barcelona hit Sevilla for six to reach cup semi-finals
Copa del Rey Quarter-final Second Leg, Camp Nou - Barcelona 6 (Coutinho P 13', 53', Rakitic 31', Roberto 54', Suarez 89', Messi 90') Sevilla 1 (Arana 67')
Barcelona hammered Sevilla as they overturned a first leg deficit to win 6-1 (6-3 on aggregate) and make the semi finals of the Copa del Rey.
The four-time defending champions came into the match with work to do having been convincingly beaten 2-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan the week before, but they turned in a highly impressive performance on what was a momentous night at Camp Nou.
It took Barcelona just 13 minutes to open the scoring, with Philippe Coutinho converting a penalty kick following a contentious refereeing decision. Sevilla then spurned the opportunity to score from the spot themselves as Ever Banega saw his penalty saved by Jasper Cillessen.
Barca doubled their advantage not long after when Arthur threaded through Ivan Rakitic for a somewhat fortunate finish past Juan Soriano, who was deceived by the flicked shot from the Croatian.
Coutinho scored his second, and Barca’s third, in the second half, with Sergi Roberto scoring a fourth. Guilherme Arana gave Sevilla a lifeline, but Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored two late goals to put the finishing touches on the win for the home side.
TALKING POINT - Lionel Messi makes all the difference for Barcelona
Last week, Barcelona slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Sevilla could have scored more than just the two goals they finished on. However, Messi was missing for that match. Tonight, he was back and that made all the difference for Barca. Of course, it’s natural that Barcelona are better with a player of Messi’s quality involved, but they are a completely different side with him on the pitch. This Copa del Rey quarter final demonstrated that.
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MAN OF THE MATCH - Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)
This is a player who has been struggling for form of late. However, Coutinho turned in a display here that reminded us all of his brilliance. Messi handed over a penalty kick to the Brazilian as a way to boost his confidence and after that Coutinho was magnificent in flight. He finished with a brace and could (perhaps should) have netted a hat trick. Coutinho played his role in what was a momentous night for Barcelona.
Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (2R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) quarter-final second leg football match between Barcelona and Sevilla at the Camp Nou stadium in BarcelonaGetty Images
12’ PENALTY KICK TO BARCELONA! It's a disaster for Sevilla as Messi is brought down in the box and the referee points to the spot.
13’ GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Sevilla (1-2 on aggregate): Messi wins the penalty from Promes, but hands the ball to Coutinho. The Brazilian playmaker steps up to the mark and converts from 12 yards out! Soriano goes the right way, but Coutinho finds the bottom left corner with the low strike.
25’ PENALTY KICK TO SEVILLA! Drama at Camp Nou! Mesa was tripped in the box by Pique and the away side will have a chance to grab a crucial away goal.
26’ PENALTY KICK SAVED! What a big moment that could be in this Copa del Rey quarter final! Banega takes the spot kick, but sees his effort saved by Cillessen, who guesses the right way and dives to his left.
32’ GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla (2-2 on aggregate): It's a strange, strange goal, but it's a second goal for Barcelona on the night and an equaliser in the tie! Arthur threaded the pass through, Rakitic made the run and tickled the finish past Soriano, who was off his line.
53’ GOAL! Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla (3-2 on aggregate): Barcelona have turned this tie around! They have a third goal in this second leg and that gives them a 3-2 lead on aggregate! Suarez crossed for Coutinho and the Brazilian playmaker stooped to head into the net.
55’ GOAL! Barcelona 4-0 Sevilla (4-2 on aggregate): Is that the goal that effectively pits Barcelona in the semi finals of the Copa del Rey? Messi threaded the inch-perfect pass through to Roberto, who made the late run from deep and finishes with the first-time low strike.
Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Sergi Roberto (C) celebrates with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi and Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho after scoring during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) quarter-final second leg footbGetty Images
67’ GOAL! Barcelona 4-1 Sevilla (4-3 on aggregate): Sevilla have given themselves a lifeline here! It was a poor kick out by Cillessen, it was pounced upon by the away side, Arana was set up on the edge of the box and he finds the net with a powerful drive. Game on?
74’ What a sensational block! For all the world, that looked like being a fifth for Barca! Suarez found Messi, who tried to walk it into the net, but Soriano makes the sensational save!
89’ GOAL! Barcelona 5-1 Sevilla (5-3 on aggregate): And that will be it! Barcelona launched a counter attack after a dreadful Sevilla corner kick. Messi was released up the right by Alba and the ball across to Suarez was fantastic and he finished to put this tie to bed.
92’ GOAL! Barcelona 6-1 Sevilla (6-3 on aggregate): The finishing touch on what has been an astonishing performance from Barcelona. Ping, ping, ping in the box. It was Suarez, it was Alba, it was Pique and then it was Messi, who sweeps home a left-footed finish. Wow.
Jasper Cillessen made his first ever penalty save having faced 20 before tonight’s game against Sevilla.