Copa del Rey Final – Sevilla 0-5 Barcelona: Catalans win cup in styleApril 21, 2018
A five star performance from Barcelona saw the Camp Nou side make it four Copa del Rey titles in a row with a 5-0 win over Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The La Liga leaders took less than quarter of an hour to open the scoring with a goal that was the definition of route one. Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen set Philippe Coutinho free with a long punt up field with the Brazilian squaring to Luis Suarez to tap Barcelona into the lead.
Sevilla had a good chance to equalise just four minutes afterwards but Joaquin Correa’s attempt to volley Franco Vazquez’s chipped ball first time failed miserably with the Argentine slicing wide when he had more time then he thought.
Steven Nzonzi spurned an even better chance when he fluffed his lines from Jesus Navas’ pass and the Andalucians were made to pay when moments after Andres Iniesta’s deflected shot struck the bar, Lionel Messi made it two.
Jordi Alba and Iniesta played a one-two on the left of the box and when Navas failed to clear, Alba backheeled the ball to Messi to slam high into the roof of the net.
Suarez added his second and Barca’s third five minutes before half time when he raced onto Messi’s through ball before slotting coolly beyond David Soria.
Andres Iniesta was playing his last ever cup final for Barcelona with the club captain set for a move to Chongqing Dangdai Lifan in the Chinese Super League at the end of the season and it was he who added number four.
After playing the ball to Messi, the midfielder continued his run into the box onto the end of Messi’s pass before feinting to pass wrong-footing Soria allowing him to fire the ball into the net.
It was nearly five on 55 minutes as the Blaugrana continued to batter the Sevilla defence with Suarez seeing his header saved by Soria who somehow managed to keep out Samuel Umtiti on the rebound.
Sandro Ramirez had replaced Correa at half time for Sevilla and should have got a goal back when he raced in on goal on the angle but his shot was blocked by Cillessen when he had teammates in better positions.
Suarez then dinked the ball through to Coutinho who found the back of the net but the referee awarded a penalty to Barca instead due to a handball by Clement Lenglet in the build up.
Lionel Messi left penalty duties to the former Liverpool man on this occasion and he made no mistake as he sent Soria the wrong way from the spot.
Sevilla were stunned and resorted to shots from distance towards the end of the game as Barca took their foot off the gas. Credit has to go to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan club’s fans for staying until the end of the game and making themselves heard.
They along with the rest of the stadium were on their feet in the 88th minute when Iniesta was replaced by Denis Suarez applauding the midfield genius and Spain’s World Cup winning hero from 2010.
It was the perfect way to bow out of cup competitions for Barcelona for Iniesta as he and the rest of the Camp Nou side aim to finish the season with a league and cup double before his exit to China.
Sevilla: Soria; Navas, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero; Banega, Nzonzi; Sarabia (Layun, 82), Vazquez (Nolito, 86), Correa (Sandro, 46); Muriel
Barcelona: Cillessen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Coutinho (Dembele, 82), Rakitic, Busquets (Paulinho, 76), Iniesta (D. Suarez, 88); Messi, L. Suarez