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Copa Del Rey: Barcelona smash Sevilla; Betis advance

Copa Del Rey: Barcelona smash Sevilla; Betis advance

Barcelona and Real Betis advanced to the Copa del Rey semi-final stage with wins over Sevilla and Espanyol, respectively.

Wednesday evening started over in Andalusia at the Benito Villamarin stadium as Betis hosted Espanyol with both teams drawing the first leg 1-1 last week.

And, it was the away side who opened up the scoring as Leo Baptistao scored just after the half hour mark.

With the tie going in favour of the Catalan side, Betis produced an equaliser when Giovani Lo Celso scored with twenty minutes remaining.

The game was then forced to extra time and it proved to be the home side who took full advantage as goals from Sergio Leon and Aissa Mandi ensured their passage to the next round.

Matters got even worse for Espanyol as Marc Roca was sent off in the added period.

Over in Barcelona, Ernesto Valverde’s side had to come from 2-0 down and they did in emphatic style.

Philippe Coutinho netted from the penalty spot to set them on their way in the 13th minute, before Ivan Rakitic levelled the tie.

The second half saw Sevilla go a little more attacking and in doing so, Barca destroyed them on the counter attack – scoring through Coutinho once more – and then through Sergi Roberto.

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Not to be left out of the act – Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi both added goals in the last few minutes to ensure a 6-3 win on aggregate.