Barcelona come from 2 goals down and outscore Sevilla to progress to Copa Del Rey final on aggregate

Barcelona come from 2 goals down and outscore Sevilla to progress to Copa Del Rey final on aggregate

- Martin Braithwaite scored the winning goal as Barcelona progress to Copa Del Rey final

- The Catalans defeated Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate after both semifinal legs

- Lopetegui's men were reduced to nine men before the end of the elongated game at Camp Nou

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Barcelona sealed their spot in the final of the Copa Del Rey after beating La Liga rivals Sevilla 3-0 at the Nou Camp.

Despite losing the first leg by two un-replied goals, the Catalans showed character on home turf - beating the Los Palanganas for the second consecutive time in four days.

Frenchman Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring for the home team in the first 12 minutes of the meeting. The forward scored a superb goal from the edge of the 18-yeard box.

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The World Cup winner had tried dribbling his way to success in the danger zone but he met with disciplined defenders who pushed out, however, he managed to find a way out earlier in the game.

Barcelona come from 2 goals down and outscore Sevilla to progress to Copa Del Rey final on aggregate
Barcelona celebrating their Copa De Rey semifinal triumph over Sevilla after reaching the final of the competition on 3-2 aggregate. Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates
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Coach Ronald Koeman's men held on to the lead for the most part of the game until the away team was awarded a spot-kick in the 73rd minute, but Lucas Ocampus played it straight into Marc-Andre ter Stegen's safe hands.

Julen Lopetegui's men failed to restore parity with less than 20 minutes to the end of the meeting at Camp Nou.

In the 92nd minute, Spanish referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez issued a red card to Fernando after bagging his second yellow of the game.

And two minutes later, Barcelona took advantage of the situation and score their second goal to make the game 2-2 on aggregate before full time.

Martin Braithwaite finally put the game beyond their guests after scoring from close range to hand Barca the advantage in the 95th minute.

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Sevilla had no response to any of the goals and that ended their journey in the cup competitions this campaign.

The visitors ended the game with nine men on the pitch after Luuk de Jong was also sent off in the 103rd minute. earlier reported that former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted that he is the only person who can persuade Lionel Messi to extend his reign at the club.

The 33-year-old is out of contract with the Catalans at the end of this season and has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou.

However, Laporta, who is also contesting to become the club's president again believes the Argentine star will exit their club unless he is elected as Josep Bartomeu's successor.

Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.


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