Barcelona Scrape Past Intercity In Thriller To Reach Spanish Cup Last 16

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The minnows from Alicante nearly embarrassed Barcelona with former La Masia youth player Oriol Soldevila scoring a superb hat-trick to force extra-time, before Ansu Fati’s deflected strike settled the tie

Ansu Fati snared anextra-time winner for Barcelona in a thrilling 4- 3 palm over third- league Intercity in the Spanish Cup round of 32 on Wednesday. The minnows from Alicante nearly embarrassed Barcelona with former La Masia youth player Oriol Soldevila scoring a superb chapeau- trick to forceextra-time, before Fati’s veered strike settled the tie. Ronald Araujo headed home after just four twinkles from youth Pablo Torre’s corner, making it look like Barca would breath into the last 16.

The Uruguayan protector made a lively comeback from the ham injury which kept him from starting for his country at the World Cup, also clearing an trouble off the line.

Ferran Torres and Ousmane Dembele passed openings for the callers before Intercity struck a shock equaliser, with Soldevila netting from close range after the ball was jounced into his path from a corner.

Dembele executed a fine chip to put Barcelona back in front when he was transferred through in the 66th nanosecond.

Intercity levelled again when Soldevila produced a fine title to beat Inaki Pena but Raphinha stroked home Jordi Alba’s low cross to restore Barcelona’s lead.

Still Soldevila completed a remarkable chapeau- trick against his former side after a Marcos Alonso slip- up to forceextra-time.

Substitute Fati came near at the launch of the fresh period and also fired Barcelona ahead with a veered strike which spiraled home in the 104th nanosecond, and it proved decisive.

“It was the magic of the mug,” Araujo told Movistar.

“It’ll serve us to learn from, the mug is like this, we know that.”

Away Atletico Madrid earned a 2- 0 palm at alternate- league Real Oviedo with pretensions from Marcos Llorente and talented youth Pablo Barrios, while Sevilla also racked up a big palm.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side, floundering in La Liga, thrashed Linares 5- 0, including a chapeau- trick for Moroccan World Cup idol Youssef En- Nesyri.

Mateu Lahoz’s controversial refereeing in Barcelona’s draw with Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday made captions, and he continued in the same tone by transferring off Sampaoli for dissent beforehand in the first half.

Alternate division Alaves won 1- 0 against La Liga side Real Valladolid, who had Zouhair Feddal dismissed in the first half to give themselves an uphill struggle.

Real Mallorca demandedextra-time to beat Pontevedra 2- 0, while Real Sociedad progressed to the last 16 with a 1- 0 palm at UD Logrones. Read More Football News…

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