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Intercity vs Barcelona, Copa del Rey: Match Thread, Live Updates

Join us for the first Barcelona Copa del Rey adventure of the season!

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FULL-TIME, Intercity 3-4 Barcelona: Barça came close to elimination a few times and needed 120 minutes against a bad Third Division team, but in the end they’ve gotten the job done and are through to the Round of 16.

GOAL!!! Intercity 3-4 Barcelona (Fati 104’): BARÇA RETAKE THE LEAD! A crucial goal in extra-time as Raphinha plays a beautiful cross along the ground to Ansu Fati who fires it home!

EXTRA-TIME KICKOFF! Intercity 3-3 Barcelona: And we’re underway for the bonus period!

FULL-TIME, Intercity 3-3 Barcelona: After being outplayed in the second half and narrowly avoiding a big upset in regulation, Barça will need extra-time to secure a spot in the next round.

GOAL, Intercity 3-3 Barcelona (Soldevila 86’): Intercity are once again back in it as Marcos Alonso loses an easy ball in midfield to start a counter-attack and Soldevila finishes it to complete a hat-trick.

GOAL!!! Intercity 2-3 Barcelona (Raphinha 77’): BARÇA ARE AHEAD AGAIN!!! Jordi Alba plays a beautiful cross along the crowd and Raphinha is at the far post to fire it home!

GOAL, Intercity 2-2 Barcelona (Soldevila 74’): Intercity equalize again as a cross from Romero is headed home by Soldevila for his second goal of the night.

GOAL!!! Intercity 1-2 Barcelona (Dembélé 67’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD! A quick response from the visitors as Ousmane Dembélé is played through one-on-one and chips the keeper to put Barça ahead!

GOAL, Intercity 1-1 Barcelona (Soldevila 59’): Intercity equalize. A corner comes into the box, Murria wins the first header and Soldevilla volleys it home.

SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Intercity 0-1 Barcelona: And we’re back underway in Alicante!

HALFTIME, Intercity 0-1 Barcelona: Barça scored early, nearly conceded an equalizer right away but were mostly dominant and could easily be up two or three at the half. But they’re still leading by one, and there’s work to be done in the second half.

GOAL!!! Intercity 0-1 Barcelona (Araujo 4’): BARÇA TAKE THE EARLY LEAD! Pablo Torre sends a corner into the box and Ronald Araujo heads home the opener!

KICKOFF! Intercity 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway in Alicante!

WELCOME TO THE ESTADIO JOSÉ RICO PÉREZ!!! The home of Hércules in the city of Alicante is the site of the first Copa del Rey match of the season for record winners Barcelona, who face off against Third Division side Intercity in a single-elimination Round of 32 tie. Barça come into this one as big favorites to advance, but the early rounds of the Cup are always tricky and Intercity will be playing the biggest game in their history. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!

(Note: the comments will be open only when the team news come out, because our commenter people love commenting and sometimes there are too many comments in the comments section)



Starting XI: Peña; Bellerín, Kounde, Araujo, Alba; Kessie, Busquets, Torre; Dembélé, Memphis, Ferran (4-3-3)

Substitutes: Ter Stegen (GK), Tenas (GK), Eric, Christensen, Alonso, Balde, Roberto, De Jong, Gavi, Raphinha, Fati


Starting XI: Campos; Jaime, Murria, Pérez, Romero; Belotti, Gálvez, Marí; Roigé, Soldevila, Piñán (4-3-3)

Substitutes: Herrera (GK), Kecojevic, Nsue, Ferroni, Undabarrena, Angong, Fernández, Herrera, Koffi, Etxaniz, Carmona


Competition/Round: 2022-23 Copa del Rey, Round of 32

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)

Venue: Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain

Referee: Valentín Pizarro Gómez


On TV: Not Available (USA, Canada, UK, India), Startimes World Football (Nigeria), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others

Online: ESPN+ (USA), Movistar+ (Spain), 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!

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