Luis Suarez: Copa del Rey can't hide Barcelona's UCL failure

22 April, 2018, 10:02 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta

Valverde - who lost the 2015 Copa final against Barcelona when in charge of Athletic Bilbao - understands the pressure is on to lift the trophy at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Luis Suarez scores twice, and Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Philippe Coutinho also make the scoresheet for Barcelona's record-extending 30th Copa triumph, and sixth in the last decade. Philippe Coutinho rounded off the scoring with his first penalty goal for Barcelona. Furthermore, the La Masia graduate continued his fine run against Sevilla, taking his tally against the Andalusian club to 32 goals in 34 matches. "This is a title that we love and we will try to add the league title to finish the season on a high note".

Amid ongoing political unrest between Catalonia and the Spanish government, Barca fans whistled during the national anthem before kick-off, with king Felipe VI watching on.

All that was left was for Iniesta's substitution to be given a standing ovation before the captain hoisted the trophy, perhaps for the final time.

Ramirez had a chance to grab a consolatory goal in the 62nd minute for Sevilla when he was played through on goal but the on-loan Everton striker shot was stopped by Jasper Cillesson. The Brazilian playmaker entered the box free from markers before making a pass back to Suarez, who just tapped the ball in. The Spaniard backheeled the ball into Messi's path and the Argentine fired in.

Andres Iniesta, possibly playing in his last final for the Catalans, scored the fourth goal of the night.


The holders quickly found their stride and went close to breaking the deadlock on seven minutes with a free-kick from Messi that was expertly saved by David Soria to his left.

Sevilla were stunned and resorted to shots from distance towards the end of the game as Barca took their foot off the gas.

Coutinho closed the scoring by converting a 69th-minute penalty kick after a handball by a Sevilla defender.

"The pressure is the same with other finals, you have not won the title as you still have to play the final and there are two teams involved".

Also, the La Liga leaders are one win away from the league title, and could complete the domestic double on Sunday if second-placed Atletico Madrid lose to Real Betis.

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