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Barcelona 3-0 (3-2 on agg.) Sevilla: 5 hits and flops as Catalans produce amazing comeback to reach finals | Copa Del Rey 2020-21

Sachin Bhat
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Modified 04 Mar 2021
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Hit: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

ter Stegen made his first penalty save at the Camp Nou since 2016!
ter Stegen made his first penalty save at the Camp Nou since 2016!

All the goalscorers of tonight will surely take credit but it was Marc-Andre ter Stegan who kept Barcelona in the contest when the game was finely poised, denying Lucas Ocampos from the spot.

Sure, the Argentinian was at fault for an awful penalty kick, but full marks for the German custodian too for reading his movements well and then diving the right way to make a crucial save.

That moment was the catalyst for tonight's comeback as ter Stegan's save spurred the hosts on and kept his team in the match when the scoreline was still only 1-0 to Barcelona.


Flop: Luuk de Jong (Sevilla)

Even de Jong couldn
Even de Jong couldn't inspire Sevilla tonight!

Sevilla's vibrant attack, which put Barcelona to the sword in the first leg, went completely AWOL here, failing to test the hosts altogether, let alone score another goal at the Camp Nou.

Lucas Ocampos wasted the penalty and will be the culprit in the eyes of the Sevilla fans, but Luuk de Jong was no better, offering precious little in the attack and almost never testing the Catalans.

The Dutchman, who scored on his last visit to the ground, was a pale shadow of the man who took the Catalans to the cleaners that day, cutting an isolated figure upfront for most of the match.

His off-the-ball work left a lot to be desired too, never dropping back to help the Sevillistas or press the players in blue into giving away possession.

If that wasn't enough, de Jong was sent off in the 103rd minute for remonstrating with the referee, long after he'd already been subbed off!


Hit: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

Dembele was on target against Sevilla for the second time in four days!
Dembele was on target against Sevilla for the second time in four days!

Are we really witnessing the renaissance of Ousmane Dembele? The Frenchman produced another stellar performance tonight and even precipitated the comeback with a peach of a strike in the 12th minute.

On receiving the ball on the edge of the box, Dembele took a few steps and lashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner, leaving Sevilla goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík grounded.

Having also struck at the weekend against the Andalusians, this was the first time the 23-year old has struck in consecutive games for Barcelona this season.

Confident, dangerous and eager, Dembele was a thorn in Sevilla's side tonight, even creating a few chances later on in the match.

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Published 04 Mar 2021
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