Barcelona complete semi final line up – Copa del ReyJanuary 25, 2018
Barcelona became the fourth and final team into the Copa del Rey semi finals with a 2-0 win over Catalan neighbours Espanyol to complete a comeback after the 1-0 first leg defeat.
They took an early led, just nine minutes in in fact, when Luis Suarez got on the end of Aleix Vidal’s cross from the right to nod the ball into the net.
Lionel Messi fought well to win the ball back on the right hand side of the box before working the space for a shot which deflected beyond Pau Lopez to make it 2-0 on 25 minutes as Barca went all out to get the goals they needed to progress.
The Argentine forward almost made it three in the second half but his header came back off the post.
Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to make his debut for the Blaugrana after his recent move from Liverpool and although he was comfortable, he had little time to make a proper impact.
Sergio Garcia caught Luis Suarez with a late tackle with his studs fully connecting with the Uruguayan’s ankle but Mateu Lahoz only produced the yellow card although the Los Pericos frontman could perhaps have felt lucky not to have seen red.
Gerard Moreno went down under a challenge from Jordi Alba claiming a penalty but the referee was having none of it with that being Espanyol’s only real chance going forward making Barcelona’s passage through more comfortable than may have been expected.
The draw for the semi finals takes place on Friday.
Barcelona: Cillessen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Vidal (Paulinho, 63), Busquets, Rakitic (Gomes, 90), Iniesta (Coutinho, 68); Messi, Suarez
Espanyol: P. Lopez; Navarro, Hermoso, Naldo, Aaron; Sanchez (Melendo, 86), D. Lopez, Fuego; Granero (Garcia, 65), Darder (Baptistao, 46); Moreno