Seville defender Jules Kounde scored an impressive solo goal and Ivan Rakitic reached his old side on Wednesday in a 2-0 victory over Barcelona in a Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against his old side.
In the 25th minute, French center-back Kounde opened the scoring, dribbling from his area and playing a one-two with a teammate before bursting past four Barca defenders to slot Marc-Andre ter Stegen comfortably past.
At the end of the first half, the Barca keeper made a brilliant save to stop Sergio Escudero from doubling Seville’s advantage, but in the 85th minute, Croatia midfielder Rakitic secured the win with a thumping finish on the roof of the net.
When Jordi Alba was tripped on the edge of the area, Barca thought that they should have been given a penalty at 1-0 down, but referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz gave a free-kick without checking with the VAR whether the foul had taken place inside the box.
“Everyone has told me it was a penalty,” said Ronald Koeman, the Barca coach.
“They made a lot of fouls but clever fouls and they defended very well. I think we deserved more, we played well and created a lot of chances. I think it’s a harsh result for us given what we did on the pitch.”
“We put in a complete performance and the clean sheet is thanks to the work of the whole team. We suffered a little more in the second half but everyone stuck to the coach’s plan and it paid off.”
Lionel Messi should have snatched a late goal away but was thwarted by Sevilla keeper Bono and the side of Julen Lopetegui saw the victory without conceding to take a big advantage on March 3 in the second leg at Camp Nou.