Barcelona overturned a first-leg deficit to reach the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey

Barcelona 3-0 Levante (Agg 4-2)

Barcelona recovered from a 2-1 first-leg defeat to beat Levante 4-2 and reach the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Ousmane Dembele scored twice in first half  within one minute (30 and 31 minutes) to put Barcelona – cup winners in the past four seasons – ahead on aggregate at the Nou Camp.

Lionel Messi scored the third in the second half, making it his seventh goal in five games.

However, Levante could still reach the quarter final ahead of Barcelona following claims that the Spanish giant fielded an ineligible player in the first leg.

Levante said they will file a complaint to the Spanish federation because Barca defender Juan Brandariz should have been serving a suspension after receiving a yellow card while playing for Barcelona’s B team in the Segunda B division.

Barcelona say a change in the rules, made in November, meant the suspension does not apply to the Copa del Rey.

According to BBC Sports “Real Madrid were expelled from the cup in 2015 for fielding Denis Cheryshev when he was an ineligible.”


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