Barcelona finished the season on a high with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla in extra time. Jordi Alba and Neymar scored in the deep stages of the game in Madrid to accomplish yet another double title laden season. The game saw three red cards with Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega and Carrico being sent off.
BARCELONA vs SEVILLA, COPA DEL REY FINAL:
0336 hrs IST: FULL TIME! Barcelona successfully win their 28th Copa del Rey title 2-0 with goals from Jordi Alba and Neymar. Double for Barcelona – league and domestic cup.
0335 hrs IST: GOAL!! NEYMAR makes it 2-0! Messi plays it to Neymar and the Brazilian slots it into the corner of the goal to make it 2-0 to Barcelona.
0332 hrs IST: CARRICO RED CARD! Carrico first gets a yellow card for bringing down Messi. Then gets second yellow for dissent. Sevilla reduced to nine men.
0331 hrs IST: Final Barcelona CHANGE: Goal scorer Alba goes off to applause, in comes Sergi Roberto. Four minutes added on.
0330 hrs IST: Kevin Gameiro goes into the book too. Sevilla adding more in yellow cards at the moment than shots to get an equaliser.
0323 hrs IST: Looks like the referee has picked up a cramp! Game comes to a halt. That was quick. We’re back underway.
0317 hrs IST: CHANGE: Iborra goes off for Sevilla to be replaced by Fernando Llorente.
0316 hrs IST: End of the first half in extra time, Barcelona lead 1-0.
0312 hrs IST: SUPERB SAVE BY RICO! Free header for Pique at the far post. Heads it straight at the goalkeeper but a super reflex save. A few seconds later, Dani Alves tests Rico again with a superb hit and an equally marvellous save.
0312 hrs IST: Escudero the latest to be booked for bringing down Messi with a rash and late tackle. The yellow card count rises to ten.
0310 hrs IST: Konoplyanka booked for Sevilla.
0309 hrs IST: Playing two finals in a span of five days getting to Sevilla now. Look terribly jaded and out of ideas. Being reduced to ten men not helping either.
0305 hrs IST: GOAL!! Jordi Alba scores for Barcelona to make it 1-0! Messi plays a clever diagonal ball and Alba doesn’t connect sweetly but enough to go across Rico and give Barcelona the lead.
0302 hrs IST: For 73 minutes, there were no yellow cards. Since then there have been eight in 20 minutes.
0300 hrs IST: Under two minutes into extra time and Krychowiak shoves Neymar aside. Earns himself a booking.
0252 hrs IST: 90 minutes done, it is 0-0. Into extra time we go. Fifth Cup final this weekend, out of six, to go into additional 30 minutes.
0251 hrs IST: Tempers flaring now. Iborra gets a yellow card for unnecessary challenge on Ter Stegen
0249 hrs IST: Messi’s free kick is pushed over by Rico.
0248 hrs IST: Ever Banega sent off now! Brings down Neymar outside the area – very much like what Mascherano did. Referee doesn’t hesitate.
0246 hrs IST: Iniesta booked for protesting.
0245 hrs IST: Neymar booked for diving. Banega asks and Banega gets. Tempers flare all across the Blaugrana colours.
0241 hrs IST: Penalty appeal by Sevilla. Iborra brought down in the box by Alves. Referee says no
0238 hrs IST: 10 minutes left, still 0-0.
0236 hrs IST: CHANGE: Ferreira goes off for Sevilla. Replaced by Konoplyanka
0235 hrs IST: On the other end, Sevilla get another shot on and it is another sliding block by Pique. He’s been sensational tonight.
0235 hrs IST: Messi goes on one of his breathtaking runs and tries to find Mathieu of all people but it is intercepted by a white shirt.
0233 hrs IST: Messi free kick from a good position is comfortable for Rico. First shot on target for Barcelona tonight. Incredible!
0231 hrs IST: Another yellow card. This time Vitolo for bringing down a rampaging Iniesta.
0230 hrs IST: Neymar brought down by Rami. Yellow card for the Sevilla player.
0228 hrs IST: Suarez injury is a major blow for Copa America organisers. Looks mighty difficulty that he’d play. In tears on the bench after being subbed off.
LA FOTO. Suárez plora desconsoladament a la banqueta. Es pot perdre la Copa Amèrica. pic.twitter.com/tPvTKCf2qA
— LaTdP (@LaTdP) May 22, 2016
0222 hrs IST: BLOCKED! Busquets gets a super block to prevent a possible Sevilla goal for Krychowiak.
0220 hrs IST: Things going south for Barcelona in more ways than one
All going wrong for Barça. Mascherano sent off. Suarez hamstring and Messi a bang on the head which hopefully won’t wipe out his talent.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 22, 2016
0212 hrs IST: CHANGE: Suarez injured and goes off for Rafinha.
0211 hrs IST: Hamstring injury to end Suarez’s fantastic season. Goes off to be replaced by Rafinha
0208 hrs IST: Woopsie! TV replay catches Luis Suarez elbowing Gameiro. Referee didn’t notice though.
0206 hrs IST: POST! Ever Banega takes a shot from distance and it hits the post. Pique deflection makes it tricker for Ter Stegen but it comes out. No harm done.
0202 hrs IST: Second half begins!
0201 hrs IST: CHANGE: Mathieu comes on for Barcelona. Replaces former Sevilla man Ivan Rakitic.
0155 hrs IST: Mascherano with unwanted records for Barcelona
1 – A Barcelona player has been sent off in the 1st half for the 1st time since Aug 2014, when Mascherano saw a red card vs Elche. Setback.
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 22, 2016
0146 hrs IST: HT Barcelona 0-0 Sevilla. Not many shots on goal between the two teams but plenty of action. Javier Mascherano sent off for Barcelona.
0144 hrs IST: Pique leaps highest, above Krychowiak, to send the flashing header just wide. Another chance for Barcelona.
0140 hrs IST: Mascherano is the only Barcelona player that has seen red card this season – vs Eibar and now.
0138 hrs IST: From the ensuing free kick, Ter Stegen produces an absolutely sensational flying save to deny Ever Banega. That was dipping into the top corner!
0136 hrs IST: Javier Mascherano has been sent off! Tugging Kevin Gameiro’s shirt right before the penalty box and obstructing a goal scoring opportunity thinks the referee. Barcelona reduced to ten men.
0133 hrs IST: So Rami just defended by stopping Neymar’s run with a sliding tackle… using his head. Taking the phrase ‘get your head in the game’ to literal meaning.
0125 hrs IST: Not comfortable defending for Barcelona. A Sevilla player is offside but only marginally. Pique the last player inside the box.
0117 hrs IST: Sevilla knocking on the door. Cut back for Coke but he miscues his left footed shot. Ter Stegen then punches a cross at near post.
0115 hrs IST: Corner by Ivan Rakitic beats everyone. 15 minutes in and neither keepers tested.
0113 hrs IST: Iborra pushes Busquets and the Barcelona player goes tumbling to the ground. Free kick for Barcelona. Wasn’t a chance for Sevilla anyway after a poor corner and then cross.
0110 hrs IST: 10 minutes gone, 0-0 in Madrid. Barcelona with the upper hand thus far.
0107 hrs IST: CHANCE! Iniesta with a little chip for Suarez but the Uruguayan sends his volley wide. Good move.
0105 hrs IST: Five minutes into the game and Messi almost did a repeat of his last year;s mesmering goal against Athletic. But he passed.
0057 hrs IST: Spanish anthem rings the stadium. Jeers by the Barcelona fans – expectedly.
0043 hrs IST: Meanwhile something worth contemplating: Cup finals in England, Italy, Germany and now Portugal have gone on to Extra Time. Same to happen in Spain?
0039 hrs IST: Some records to chase for Barcelona tonight:
Last team to retain the Copa del Rey were Barcelona, who won in 1997 [Bobby Robson as coach] and 1998 [Louis Van Gaal].
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 22, 2016
Luis Enrique could be first coach to retain the Copa trophy since Athletic’s Villalonga in 1960 & 61.
— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 22, 2016
0037 hrs IST: 20,000 Barcelona fans in attendance at the Calderon amid tight security due to the regular feature of some Barca fans calling for independency and that not being supported by the Spanish government. The Catalan flags have been banned for the final.
0012 hrs IST: No change for Barcelona from last game.
Two changes for Sevilla since that Europa League final: Iborra, Rico in for N’Zonzi and Soria.
0008 hrs: Barcelona bench: Bravo, Arda Turan, Rafinha, Munir, Sergi, Vidal, Mathieu
0001 hrs IST: Teams:
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen: Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Andres Iniesta; Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez
Sevilla XI: Sergio Rico; Mariano, Rami, Carrico, Escudero; Krychowiak, Iborra, Coke, Banega, Vitolo and Gameiro.
0000 hrs IST: Noisy welcome for Barcelona too
— RFEF (@rfef) May 22, 2016
2355 hrs IST: Rousing reception for Sevilla as they enter the Vicente Calderon stadium
— RFEF (@rfef) May 22, 2016
Important titles secured, Barcelona and Sevilla aim to sweeten already successful seasons in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday.Barcelona is defending its domestic cup trophy at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, a week after winning its second straight Spanish league title.
Sevilla survived a first-half battering before hitting back with three second-half goals, two from Coke, to beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Europa League final on Wednesday and win the trophy for the third season in a row.