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Copa Del Rey: Sevilla too good for rotated Barcelona

Copa Del Rey: Sevilla too good for rotated Barcelona

Goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Pablo Sarabia ensured a 2-0 first leg win for Sevilla over Barcelona in their quarter final Copa Del Rey tie.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde chose to rest Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba for the visit to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – meaning new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng, Malcom and Carles Alena were handed starts.

However, it was Pablo Machin’s impressive Sevilla who stole bragging rights for the first leg.

After a fairly even but chance-less first half, the Andalusian hosts attempted to open the scoring from kick off in the second period.

Dutch winger Quincy Promes looked in particularly good form as he picked out Ben Yedder on multiple occasions.

And, he would turn provider eventually when he played a delightful cross into Sarabia, who produced a fine half volley to fire past Jasper Cillessen and into the back of the net.

Sevilla did not stop from there after to get a second and it was down to Ben Yedder, who tapped home shortly after to send the home crowd into raptures.

Barca did throw on Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Alba late on – but the trio were unable to create anything of note and the score line remained the same until the final whistle.

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