Sevilla 2-0 Barcelona
Sevilla produced a great second-half performance to beat Barcelona 2-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final. This defeat threatens to end Barcelona’s four-year dominance of the Copa del Rey.
The Catalans have won the past four Spanish Cups, beating Sevilla in two of those finals – 2-0 in 2016 and 5-0 in 2018. The last time they failed to reach the final was 2012-13.
Lionel Messi was rested as the new loan signing Kevin-Prince Boateng made his debut, but he was replaced by Luis Suarez in the second half.
After a goalless first half, Pablo Sarabia scored early second half from Quincy Promes’ cross to give Sevilla the lead.
Wissam Ben Yedder doubled the host’s lead after Ever Banega’s deflected. Barcelona now need another second-leg comeback at the Camp Nou or face elimination from the competition.
French forward celebrated his goal by lifting his shirt to reveal the message “For my brother Sala”, in reference to Argentine striker Emiliano Sala, who is currently missing after the plane he was travelling on disappeared over the English channel.
The second leg takes place next Wednesday. Real Madrid host Girona in their quarter-final first leg on Thursday (12:30 PT) and Espanyol take on Real Betis on Thursday in the remaining quarter-final first legs following Getafe’s 1-0 victory over Valencia on Tuesday.