FULL-TIME, Sevilla 2-0 Barcelona: A bad night for Barça and a two-goal advantage for Sevilla ahead of the second leg. At least there was no extra time tonight.
GOAL, Sevilla 2-0 Barcelona (Rakitic 85’): Sevilla double their lead. Óliver Torres plays a brilliant pass to find a wide open Ivan Rakitic, who calmly beats Ter Stegen and scores against his former club.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF, Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona: And we’re back underway! Come on, boys, let’s play better this half and try and find a goal or two!
HALFTIME, Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona: Bad first half from Barça who had more of the ball but created next to nothing, and Sevilla looked more threatening and deserve the halftime lead.
GOAL, Sevilla 1-0 Barcelona (Koundé 25’): Sevilla take the lead. Great run from the back by Koundé who beats Umtiti at the edge of the box and finds the back of the net.
KICKOFF! Sevilla 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway! Come on, boys!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Firpo, Mingueza, Umtiti, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann (4-3-3)
Bench: Neto (GK), Iñaki Peña (GK), Lenglet, Ilaix, Matheus, Puig, Collado, Trincão, Konrad
Starting XI: Bounou; Vidal, Koundé, D. Carlos, Escudero; Jordán, Fernando, Rakitic; Suso, En-Nesyri, Papu Gómez (4-3-3)
Bench: Vaclík (GK), Gnagnon, Gómez, Rekik, Gudelj, Torres, Vázquez, Munir, De Jong
WELCOME TO THE RAMÓN SÁNCHEZ PIZJUÁN!!! The beautiful home of Sevilla is the site of the first leg of a huge Copa del Rey semi-final between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one missing eight first team players through injury just one week away from the return of the Champions League and looking for a good result ahead of the semi-final second leg in three weeks. This should be a very good one, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2020-21 Copa del Rey, Semi-Finals, Leg 1
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)
Venue: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz
VAR: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM COPA DEL REY
How to watch on TV: Premier Sports 2 (UK), Startimes Sports Life (Nigeria), TeleCinco (Spain), ESPN Brasil (Brazil), others
How to stream: ESPN+ (USA), Premier Player (UK), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!