Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Liverpool Old Boys Give Barcelona The Lead In Spanish Cup Final

Liverpool Old Boys Give Barcelona The Lead In Spanish Cup Final

Andres Iniesta added a fourth, finishing off a lovely team move, before Phillipe Coutinho converted a penalty.

The woodwork came to Sevilla's rescue on 28 minutes as Suarez slipped in Iniesta, whose deflected strike had the beating of Soria, but not the crossbar.

Having seemingly learnt the lesson of their slow start against Sevilla in last month's 2-2 draw in LaLiga, there was nothing slack about Barca this time around, as they quickly suffocated the Andalusian side.

It took just 14 minutes for Barcelona to take the lead and it was a simple goal as Jasper Cillessen lofted a superb long ball down the field which picked out Coutinho.

Sevilla responded fairly well, but Barca remained on top and almost got a second when Iniesta struck the crossbar with a left-footed drive from just outside the area. Iniesta played in Jordi Alba on the left and the left-back managed to pick out Messi, who lifted a first-time shot high into the back of the net.

Former Barca youngster Sandro Ramirez provided a little extra spark in the Sevilla attack after his half-time introduction and should have got a consolation in the 64th minute, but after a lungbusting run he shot straight at Cillessen.

In the club's pre-match press conference ahead of the Copa del Rey final, Montella praised Messi, saying that the Argentine belongs to another planet.

Valverde could snatch up his first trophy as Barcelona boss with a win over struggling Sevilla on Saturday as the two Spanish sides meet in the Copa Del Rey final.

As for Sevilla, they now sit in seventh and are three points off a Europa League qualification place, meaning this will be their last chance of silverware this season after being dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich in the quarter finals. The first player to achieve the feat was Telmo Zarra between 1942 and 1950 (with eight).

"I would have given my arm to be able to do what Iniesta does when I was a player".

What has been maintained though across all the contracts is that Barcelona do not pay a bonus for simply winning the Copa del Rey. Besides, it is his second goal in a final for Barcelona, after 2011 vs Real Madrid in Supercopa.

The result goes some way to make up for their humiliating Champions League quarter-final elimination by AS Roma earlier in April as Barca completed the first step of a league and cup double.

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