Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Review of FC Barcelona vs Sevilla. FC Barcelona faced Sevilla in the second leg of the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey. Both teams were very determined to win the game and make it to the finals. However, FC Barcelona had the upper hand and came out with a 3-0 win.
It was an amazing outing for the Blaugranas. The entire team was perfect and Ronald Koemann is on his way to another final. Here is the Match Review of the game discussing the first half and second half individually.
FC BARCELONA VS SEVILLA MATCH REVIEW
FC Barcelona hosted Sevilla at the Camp Nou to play the second leg of the CDR semi-finals. It was an intense game for both teams. However, FC Barcelona knew that it was a must-win. A victory in this tournament is going to provide FC Barcelona with a huge confidence boost and momentum which is going to help the team in upcoming games.
The home side started the game with full intensity and wanted to go all out on their opponents right from the get-go. Ronald Koemann kept almost similar tactics that he used to win the game against Sevilla at the weekend in their La Liga fixture. The intention was clear that Barcelona was in this game to win it all costs. Sevilla looked confident as well. However, FC Barcelona proved to be too good for them.
The Blaugranas were very attentive to all the minor or major aspects of their game. They kept the ball since the start of the game and made Sevilla desperate for possession. The team was playing as a single unit from the front to the back. Every player was playing his part and tried his best to be as involved as possible.
It was until the 12th minute when Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi exchanged quick passes and Dembele attempts a shot from outside the box. The ball ended up in the top corner of the far post. It was an amazing goal from Ousmane Dembele and he got the lead for his side. FC Barcelona began to press even harder and play with even higher intensity after that. It was very evident that the home side did not want to make any slip-ups after getting one goal ahead. Barca kept creating chances. Sometimes it was Messi, sometimes De Jong or Dembele. The team kept troubling the opposition defense.
The first half ended with FC Barcelona with a one-goal lead. The Blaugranas deserved more than that. However, they were simply unlucky in front of the goal. The team probably deserved more than this. Still, it was enough to put enough pressure on the away side. The teams went inside the tunnel with FC Barcelona ending the first half on a very high note. Everyone could sense that the team has more to offer than this and thus, waited for the second half to begin.
FIRST HALF: FC BARCELONA 1-0 SEVILLA
Barcelona began to play attacking football right from the beginning of the second half. They were not taking this game lightly at all. The team made it clear that they were there for the win and they are going to do everything for it. Barcelona was superb in terms of their attack and created multiple chances. The Blaugranas were simply not finding enough luck in front of the goal and Sevilla was also defending very strongly. Sevilla maintained a high defensive line and they were focused on not letting the Blaugranas get another one.
Jordi Alba hit the crossbar as well. It was another one of FC Barcelona’s amazing team plays from the night. Antoine Griezmann and Messi combined to play quick touch passes. Grizzy passed it to Dembele. Dembele patiently waited for the right moment and crossed the ball to Jordi Alba. However, Alba was very unlucky not the find the net. What a goal that would have been if the ball had found the back of the net.
The major upset of the game came when Oscar Mingueza fouled Ocampus and gave away a penalty to Sevilla. However, Ter Stegen showed his class and saved the penalty. They say Ter Stegen is the best in the world. Well, he proves it from time to time, doesn’t he?
The entire momentum shifted to FC Barcelona’s favor again. Sevilla found it very hard to stop the Blaugranas from attacking continuously. Ronald Koemann’s men kept heavy possession which troubled Sevilla even more.
Despite the good performance, FC Barcelona still had to score one more goal in order to level the aggregate. El Presidente, Gerrard Pique solved this issue for his team. Antoine Griezmann played a cross inside the box where Pique jumped and headed the ball into the back of the net.
The entire FC Barcelona was filled with joy after FC Barcelona got its equalizer at the 90th minute. Antoine Griezmann was filled with tears after he assisted Gerrard Pique. This goes to show how much love Griezmann carries for the team.
The second half ended and the team prepared for the extra time. FC Barcelona had done magic again.
SECOND HALF: FC BARCELONA 2-0 SEVILLA
The energy levels on the home side did not drop even by a single percent and the team chased for their winner. Martin Braithwaite got the winning goal for his side after he headed the ball at the back of the net from a good cross from Jordi Alba. FC Barcelona completed the comeback!
Things became even worse for Sevilla when Luuk De Jong picked up a red card at the 103rd minute of the game. Sevilla was completely out of shape in this encounter. Or maybe, FC Barcelona was just too good for them.
It was one of those nights when FC Barcelona reveals its true class to its opponents. This is the Blaugrana passion. Ronald Koemann spoke after the game and said;
“As a coach, I can’t ask my team for more than what I have seen tonight”
FULL TIME: FC BARCELONA 3-0 SEVILLA