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Showing posts with label Copa Del Rey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Copa Del Rey. Show all posts

Jan 18, 2019

Lionel Messi created two goals and scored one goal and helped Barca overturn the 2-1 deficit from the first leg.

Messi Scripts Brilliant Barcelona Victory to Overcome Levante in the Cup

Barcelona produced a brilliant display of attacking football to overturn the first leg deficit with a 3-0 victory against Levante at the Camp Nou. This display clearly showed that the first leg result was mostly due to the absence of key players, mainly Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi was once again the key difference maker, creating two goals and scoring one to ensure an easy Barcelona victory. Dembele scored two goals in the first half, both from Lionel Messi assist in the first half to make the match more or less secure. Messi's goal in the second half simply sealed the victory and dismissed any doubt, if those existed.

FC Barcelona vs Levante Highlights from Copa Del Rey, 2nd Leg Match at Camp Nou

FC Barcelona vs Levante - Copa Del Rey Video Highlights

FC Barcelona produced a brilliant display of attacking football to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit with a 3-0 victory at Camp Nou in the Copa Del Rey. Dembele scored twice and Messi scored once in addition to assisting both of Dembele's goals.

Enjoy the highlights below:

Feb 9, 2018

FC Barcelona vs Valencia Highlights - Barca secured a 2-0 victory at Mestalla to move to the final of Copa del Rey

FC Barcelona sealed their spot in the final of this season's Copa Del Rey with a 2-0 win on the night against Valencia. Barca condemned Valencia to a six consecutive lose with an efficient display to take the tie on an aggregate score of 3-0 to the favour. Now Barca will be facing Sevilla on the 21st of April, 2018 in the final of Copa Del Rey. After a goalless first half, it was Barca's new signing Coutinho who opened the scoring within three minutes of his arrival as a substitute. Rakitic late in the match completed the scoreline.

Check out the Highlights of the match with English Commentary below:

Feb 8, 2018

FC Barcelona would be looking for another efficient perfromance to take them past Valencia into the final of this year's Copa Del Rey Competition.

FC Barcelona will be looking to secure a fifth consecutive Copa Del rey final when they take on Valencia tonight

B arcelona Football Club will be looking to book a place in the fifth consecutive Copa Del Rey final when they face Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia tonight. FC Barcelona heads into the second leg with clear advantage of winning the first leg at the Camp Nou. Sevilla, last night booked their place in the final with an aggregate score of 3-1 against Real Madrid killer Leganés. Valverde announced an almost full strength squad to visit Mestalla; the only ones who are missing are Vermaelen and Dembélé due to injury and Denis Suárez and Lucas Digne who are actually left out. The situation with Denis is becoming a concern to me as he is not getting any time and club failed to loan him out also!

Jan 31, 2018

FC Barcelona faces Valencia in the first leg of Copa Del Rey Semi-Final at the Camp Nou on Friday night.

FC Barcelona is all set to face Valencia on Friday in the first leg of Copa del Rey semi-Final 2017-18

FC Barcelona will be facing Valencia FC tomorrow night in the first leg of Copa Del Rey Semi-Final tie at the Camp Nou. When the draw was made everyone agreed this was was the toughest draw possible for Barca. Not only we have to play Valencia but we have to play the second leg at Estadio de Mestalla. Valencia lies currently in 3rd position in the League and will present a huge challenge for Barca to overcome. Both the teams come to this match following contrasting results in league. FC Barcelona managed to continue their winning run in league but Valencia was thrashed 4-1 at home by Real Madrid. In both the games the scoreline never gave the clear picture; Valencia wasn't that bad against Real Madrid and Barca weren't that great against Alaves!

Jan 26, 2018

FC Barcelona secured the passage to Semi Final of 2017-18 Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals with a 2-0 victory over city rivals Espanyol at the Camp Nou. Luis Saurez and Lionel Messi both scored early in first half to help Barca over-turn the 1-0 deficit from first leg.

Lionel Messi scored the decisive goal which took Barca past Espanyol securing semi-final place in Copa Del Rey 2017-18

FC Barcelona have secured the semi-final spot in Copa Del Rey semi-finals with a 2-0 victory with an efficient performance at the Camp Nou over city rivals Espanyol. Any doubt of Barca's progress was put to rest when Luis Saurez scored early on the first half negating the opponents advantage from first leg. As I mentioned in the Barca vs Espanyol Preview, the early goal completely changed the tie to Barca's advantage and Lionel Messi's goal secured the victory and passage. Everyone expected Barca to seal the victory with at least one more goal but that wasn't to be and that made for a nervous ending when it was clear a goal from Espanyol means we will go out on away goals. But then our defense never gave a decent sniff to Espanyol's offense even though our forwards were wasting chances after chances.

Jan 25, 2018

FC Barcelona would be facing their first do-or-die situation of the 2017-18 season when they face Espanyol at the Camp Nou in the 2nd Leg of Copa Del Rey tie.

Lionel Messi would be instrumental for Barca in their second leg tie against Espanyol in Copa Del Rey

FC Barcelona would be facing their first do-or-die situation of the 2017-18 season when they face Espanyol at the Camp Nou in the 2nd Leg of Copa Del Rey tie. Last mid-week Espanyol condemned Barca to their first defeat of the season when they won 1-0 at their home. In normal circumstances a 1-0 deficit won't be much of a problem for Barca especially at home; but such has been this mid-week that everyone is worried about Barca becoming the third biggest upset! Last night against every expectation Real Madrid lost to Leganés at their very home and got themselves eliminated on away goal after leading the first leg 1-0. Now Real Madrid has joined their city rivals Atletico who was eliminated by Sevilla a day ago.

Jan 11, 2018

All to play for Barca in the second leg of the Copa del Rey tie between FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo. With the first leg ending 1-1 and Celta's recent history against Barca, this leg will take the priority over weekend's La Liga fixture.

FC Barcelona will be looking to win comfortably the second leg against Celta at the Camp Nou. In order to do that they need Lionel Messi at his best -

For Erneste Valverde, Barca's second leg tie against Celta will take the highest priority over the weekend's travel to Estadio Municipal de Anoeta to take on Real Sociedad. That's the good thing about having a nine point lead over the second placed team in the league; you could prioritize matches. In the league we will get chances to rectify poor results because of the lead. But in the cup we are more or less in a must win match. Technically we need a goalless draw to proceed but that kind of attitude will spell danger. So we should go for the win; anyways we always do!

Jan 5, 2018

FC Barcelona drew their first game in 2018 at Celta in the First leg of Pre-Quarter stage of the competition. The away goal scored by José Arnáiz will put Barca in control of the tie when they meet again next mid-week at the Camp Nou. As expected many of the major stars especially in attack was missing in this match but Barca still produced an effective display and also had enough chances to win the match. One of the most inspiring scenes of the match for fans was Dembele's return and he looked pretty decent even after such a long injury layoff.

Feb 2, 2017

Lionel Messi against Atletico Madrid in Copa Del Rey Semi-Final

- Lionel Messi running past Atletico Defenders -

Barcelona Football Club took a giant step in securing a place in the final of the Copa Del Rey 2016-17 with a brilliant 2-1 victory against Atletico Madrid away from home. The clash at the Vicente Calderon arena was decided in favour of FC Barcelona by two brilliant goals from Barca's two top scorers this season - Luis Saurez and Lionel Messi. Barca went 2-0 up by around half an hour in to the clock before Greizman reduced the deficit in the second half. The tie is very interestingly poised with Barca in the front street after securing a first leg victory and also two away goal advantage. Barca could afford to lose the return leg 1-0 and still make the final courtesy of those two sensational away goals. The fun part of all it is that Mascherano and Rakitic are awarded the assists for those goals when their contribution was nothing less than minimal. We will come to that later.

May 31, 2015

  • Lionel Messi scored one of the best goals ever scored in a cup final.
  • Lionel Messi and Neymar scored in a comfortable Cup Victory for FC Barcelona.

Lionel Messi showed to the world once again Why he is considered "One of the Greatest of All Time" helping FC Barcelona secure their second title of the season. With this title victory Barca stay on course for a history repeating treble success. I don't think there has been ever an instance in Europe where two teams meeting at the final of UEFA Champions League are both with a chance to complete a historic treble. On a night which was the last appearance of one of the greatest midfielder produced by Barcelona and Spain at the Camp Nou, a bigger talent stole the show on the field. The first goal Lionel Messi scored will be remembered for ever as one of the greatest in a cup final. It wasn't like teh other two goals war simple ones, they were beautiful. But this was something else! Totally Diferent!

Feb 12, 2015

Iniesta Celebrating scoring against Villareal

FC Barcelona took a huge step to yet another Copa del Rey final with a very well fought 3-1 victory against Villareal. The Yellow submarine who has been in some sensational form recently found themselves at the end of an onslaught from Barca at the Camp Nou. To their credit their tactics was completely different from the team which played against us recently. The idea was to get away from Camp Nou with minimum damage. But Barca boys had completely different plans. Lionel Messi opened the scoring from a delightful Saurez assist, followed by Iniesta and Pique. The only goal for Villareal came from a huge mistake from Barca goal keeper Ter Stegan. To be fair, it is hard to criticize him. He gets very less playing time. May be Enrique needs to immediately decide how he is going to give more playing time to him. Warming up on the bench for most of the time will not help him nor us, especially in Champions League.

Jan 9, 2015

FC Barcelona -5, Elche - 0

Even though there is a second leg to be played away from home; Barca's 5-0 victory at home made that just a formality. With the stunning display and result of 5-0, Barca has virtually secured a Quarter Final spot in this season's Copa Del Rey Competition. Barca's Quarter final opponent will be one of the big team from Madrid, either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid. Atletico looks favourite to face Barca after they defeated Real Madrid 2-0 at home. The victory against Elche has been Barca's first of 2015 and let's hope the winning streak continues. Enjoy the Highlights.

Feb 6, 2014

Sergio Busquets celebrating with Barca players

FC Barcelona took a firm step towards securing their place in the final of Copa Del Rey with a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad. One goal from Busquets and another an epic own goal was enough for Barca to secure a two goal advantage going into the second round. If succeeded Barca will most probably face Real Madrid who secured a 3-0 victory against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid at home.

Jan 31, 2013

The first Clasico of 2013 ended in a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernebeu in the first leg of Cop Del rey. Early in the first half Cesc put us ahead at the start of second half but Varane equalised for Madrid with ten minutes left on the clock. We do go into the second leg at home with an advantage of an away goal. But we would have loved to take the win. We did really have some serious chances but failed to take any. In the end a 1-1 is a fair result as both teams fluffed a host of chances to score in a fast paced encounter.Jordi Roura went with a very much expected line-up with Pinto, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Cesc, Pedro, Messi and Iniesta. Valdes, Mascherano, Adriano, Soong, Thiago, Alexis and Villa started in the bench. Real Madrid had Diego LLopez, Essien, Varane, Carvalho, Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Ozil, Khedira, Callejon, Benzema and Ronaldo. in the starting eleven.

Jan 25, 2013

  • FC Barcelona win the Copa Delr Rey QF with Malaga with an aggregate scoreline of 6-4.
  • Barca will be facing Real Madrid in the semi-fianl of the competition.

FC Barcelona booked their place in this season's Copa Del Rey semi-final with a hard fought 4-2 victory against Malaga away from home. Courtesy of the 2-2 draw in the home leg, we had to win and we surely did that with a aggregate score of 6-4. We now face Real Madrid in the semi-final, the first leg of the final will be held next week at the Santiago Bernebeu. That match could be one to savor as it's been sometime we had a Clasico and we do play the second leg at home, which gives us a huge advantage. In a tricky match we went ahead early with Pedro scoring from a header. But Malaga equalised immediately. Pique put us ahead once again in the start of second half, but we still managed to lose that lead also. But goals from iniesta and Messi made sure that there were no more hiccups and we will not remain without a win for three match in a row. In a match we had to win Jordi Roura went with a starting line-up of Pinto, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Cesc, Iniesta, Pedro and Messi. Villa, Aexis, Thiago, Song, Puyol, Adrianoand Valdes made the bench.

Feb 9, 2012

FC Barcelona booked their place in the Copa Del Rey final with a 2-0 victory against Valencia at Camp Nou. Goals from Cesc Fabregas and Xavi gave Barca a bit of nervous victory. Now the final will be against Atletic Bilbao, between the two most successful teams in the Copa Del Rey history. It will be kind of a re-match of the 2008-09 Copa Del rey final which we won, hopefully we this one also. Barcelona carried the advantage of the away goal into the match, but a scoreline of 1-1 was very difficult to defend. A victory was the only way we would go through and we exactly just did. Guardiola decided to start Alves from the bench once again like in the first leg. Pinto came back in goal. Pique, Puyol, Mascherano and Abidal formed the four man defense. Thiago, Xavi and Fabregas made the three man midfield. Cuenca, Messia and Sanchez made the front trio.

Feb 2, 2012

FC Barcelona took a good step towards proceeding to Copa Del Rey final with a 1-1 draw at Mestella. Considering how tough we have found recently in Valencia, this draw is as good as a win - especially because of the away goal. In the 27th minute Jonas put Valencia ahead, but Carles Puyol equalised for Barca in the 36th minute. It was a on-off perfromance from barca. To be fair, Valencia was the better of the two team in overall play, but we were able to create more scoring chances - but we never took any of that. We were anyway lucky not to have Pinto seen a red card for handling the ball outside the box. Lionel Messi continued with his goal scoring drought(three match is not a big deal) , missing a penalty in the match. Now with the away leg over, we have to finish the job at home. Pinto as in all Copa games occupied his position under the bar. Pique, Mascherano, Puyol and Abidal formed the defense. Thiago, Busquets and Fabregas made up the midfield. Cuenca, Messi and Sanchez formed the attacking trio.

Jan 26, 2012

FC Barcelona secured a semi-final birth in this season's Copa Del Rey after knocking out holders Real Madrid with a sensational 2-2 draw. Barcelona who went into the break with a 2-0 lead had to hold off a sensational fightback from Mourinho's boys to secure the semi-final birth. To an extent we had to say that we were lucky after putting up the worst defensive display of the season, and courtesy of the fact that Madrid missed a number of chances. Mourinho's boys were all in crisis coming into this match. But as I said in the preview they came out like a roaring, but they were a bit hasty in front of goal and that resulted in all those missing chances. Guardiola went with an unchanged side which featured in the 2-1 away victory at Santiago Bernebeu. Pinto, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Cesc, Messi and Sanchez all started as expected. As I wrote in in the preview, Pepe started for Mourinho at centre back partnering Ramos, Arbeloa and Coentrao in defense. The midfield had Diarra, Alonso and Kaka. Ozil, Higuain and Ronaldo formed the attacking trio.

Jan 5, 2012

FC Barcelona firmly placed their right foot in the next round of Copa del Rey with a 4-0 victroy against Osasuna at the Camp Nou. Now unless a seriously bad loss happens in the return leg, we will be firm favorite to face either Malaga or Real madrid in next round. A frist half brace from cesc Fabregas put Barca on course for a easy victory. Messi who came in the second half completed the tally with two neatly taken goals. Usually after a break we struggle to find our rhythm, but this time around there was no nerves like that. The performance was as clinical as it can get after the holidays. The line up for the first match of 2012 was Pinto, Mascherano, Puyola, Pique, Xavi, Busquets, Thiago, Cesc, Alves , Pedro and Cuenca. The formation was a 3-4-3.

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