Copa del Rey: Sevilla beats Barcelona in Messi’s 900th game
Barcelona lost 2-0 in Seville in the very first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals.
This time, in his 900th match, Lionel Messi didn’t have a response for Sevilla.
Messi had a quiet performance in his turning point match versus the team he punished one of the most in his profession, and Barcelona lost 2-0 in Seville in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals on Wednesday.
Messi has actually scored more objectives against Sevilla than against any other group– 37 in 41 games– but the Argentine terrific wasted a couple of possibilities as Sevilla won its eighth consecutive match in all competitions. Jules Koundé scored in the first half and former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic added the second near completion.
The 2nd leg will be on February 27 at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona. Athletic Bilbao hosts Levante on Thursday in the very first leg of the other semifinal.
” There is still hope,” Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said. “It will be complicated, but this team can anything.”
Sevilla and Barcelona entered the semis as the most popular teams in Spain. The Catalan club was coming off six straight wins in all competitions.
” We are at halftime of a match of 180 minutes,” Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui said. “There will be a lot occurring prior to we go to Barcelona, however we know how hard it will be for us. The hardest part is still to come.”
The teams played in the Copa final in 2016 and 2018, with Barcelona coming out on top both times. The Catalan club is trying to make it to its ninth last in 11 years. It made it to the last 4 nine straight times before being gotten rid of by Athletic in the quarterfinals last season.
Barcelona managed possession however it had a hard time to create many substantial possibilities at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium, with Sevilla goalkeeper Bono stopping the few efforts he dealt with. Sevilla constantly threatened on counterattacks, especially after opening the scoring in the first half.
Messi, making his 758th appearance with Barcelona to include to his 142 with Argentina, commanded the attack but stopped working to profit from his chances, including one with only Bono to beat in the 11th minute. He nearly scored with a stoppage-time free kick that again was visited Bono.
Messi had actually been rested in the Spanish league game against Real Betis on Sunday, when he came off the bench in the 2nd half to lead the team to a come-from-behind victory.
Koundé put Sevilla ahead in the 25th with a good run that culminated with him slipping the ball in between the legs of Barcelona protector Samuel Umtiti prior to shooting into the web from inside the area.
Rakitic sealed the victory in an 85th-minute breakaway, beating goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen with a shot into the top of the web. The midfielder didn’t commemorate the goal against his previous club.
Koeman was without three gamers since of injuries– Martin Braithwaite, Sergiño Dest and Miralem Pjanic. Lopetegui lacked hurt gamers Lucas Ocampos and Jesús Navas.