Barcelona beats Atletico for place in Copa del Rey finalFebruary 8, 2017
Barcelona last night secured their place in the Copa del Rey final in a bad tempered match against Atletico Madrid that saw three red cards shown. After last week’s 2-1 win for Barcelona the Catalans went into the home leg with the advantage, but the visitors came on strong. Despite that it wasn’t until two minutes before the break that Luis Suarez scored the opener to put Barcelona 3-1 ahead on aggregate.
Things turned against Barça 12 minutes onto the second half though when Sergi Roberto was shown his second yellow card of the evening. On the restart Griezmann scored for the visitors only to see it ruled offside. Replays show the goal should have stood. Despite that disappointment for Atletico it looked like it was only a matter of time though before they scored as the one man advantage made itself felt.
But when Carrasco received his second yellow of the night both teams were down to ten men and Barcelona started to look more comfortable again. The last 20 minutes saw the intensity of the match turned up. Atletico went all out to overturn their deficit, while Barcelona did everything they could to put that dream out of reach. With 16 minutes to go Messi belted a free kick that stuck the crossbar. Then with ten minutes remaining Atletico were awarded a penalty. Gameiro took the shot only to see it sail over the net. Three minutes later though he made up for that and levelled the scoreline. But it still wasn’t enough.
A goal by Suarez was ruled offside with five minutes to go as the visitors did everything they could to take the match to extra time. And when he was shown two yellow cards within the space of few minutes he sulkily walked off the pitch as the stadium booed the referee in the ninetieth minute. With five minutes injury time the last thing Barcelona wanted was to play another thirty minutes with nine men but when it came down to it Atletico Madrid were unable to score and it is FC Barcelona who go through to the final. That will be played against either Celta de Vigo or Alaves, to be decided tonight. The final is currently scheduled for Saturday 27th May.
1-0 Suárez (min 43)
1-1 Gameiro (min 83)