Barcelona failed to win for the third time in the last four matches and reached a new low this season after a 1-1 draw with third division side Hércules in the first leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 32. Barça were lazy, couldn't create any real chances and will have to work to qualify in the second leg at Camp Nou, which wouldn't be necessary had Barça easily won this game, which was expected.
Boring as hell. Barça did absolutely nothing to trouble the Hércules keeper, and it really did look like these eleven players had never played together before. There were some good things, especially from the Barça B players on the pitch, but improvement was needed in the second half.
Barça needed a wake-up call, and they got that when David Mainz scored for Hércules. The Catalans instantly recovered from the goal conceded and tied the game thanks to a fantastic effort from outside the box by Academy prodigy Carles Aleñá, who scored his first ever goal for the first team, on his first team debut.
Barça had a few chances to score the second, but were stopped by the goalkeeper, who had a little more work to do in the second half. There were no more goals, however, and the game ended with a disappointing result. Barça will qualify in the second leg, but the tie should have ended today. It hasn't.
Hércules: Buigues | Dalmau, Román, Rojas, Peña | Omgba, Inglés | Gaspar (Miñano), Juanma, Mainz (Berrocal) | Salinas (Checu)
Goal: Mainz (52')
Barcelona: Cillessen | Vidal, Borja, Umtiti (Nili), Digne | Aleñá (Cardona), Carbonell (Gomes), Denis | Rafinha, Alcácer, Arda
Goal: Aleñá (58')