SPORT-FOOT-BARCA 2LAST

first_img– Anthem jeers – – Anthem jeers -================ The political fallout over an initial ban on Catalan separatist flags by the Madrid authorities that was eventually overturned on appeal in the courts continued before kick-off as Barca fans jeered the Spanish national anthem. The game appeared to swing Sevillas way nine minutes before half-time when Mascherano hauled down Gameiro just outside the box as he bore down on goal. Banega nearly doubled Barcas punishment as his sweet strike from the resulting free-kick was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Sevilla roared back from a goal down at the break to outclass Liverpool in midweek and started the second-half with intent once more as Banegas low drive came back off the post. Barca were then dealt another huge blow just before the hour mark when Suarez pulled up with a muscle injury before leaving the field in tears with his chances of representing Uruguay at the Copa America next month now in jeopardy. Sevilla were camped in the Barca half for much of the second half, but struggled to create clear-cut chances. Grzegorz Krychowiak saw a deflected effort flash just wide, whilst Vicente Iborras appeals for a penalty after he clashed with Dani Alves were waived away. Parity was restored in numbers on each side in stoppage time when Banega saw red for tripping Neymar on the edge of the area, but Sergio Rico tipped over Messis resulting free-kick to take the game into extra time. However, the Spanish international was left flat-footed when Alba latched onto Messis ball over the top six minutes into extra-time and volleyed across goal into the far corner. Rico kept Sevilla in the game with brilliant saves from Pique and Sergio Busquets, whilst Dani Alves also hit the post from distance as Barca threatened a second. Sevillas hopes of an equaliser were ended when Daniel Carrico was also sent-off for a second bookable offence. And Messi promptly teed up Neymar to round off Barcas fourth Cup triumph in eight years in stoppage time. AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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