Madrid, 3 March 2021 (AFP) – Barcelona needed extra time to reach the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday with a 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla comes just two days after a police operation on the club and the arrest of its former president

After the 2-0 deficit in the first leg, the Danish international Martin Braithwaite scored the decisive goal in the fifth minute of extra time with a header from a cross from Jordi Alba

Gerard Pique practically equalized the last game of the game in the fourth minute of added time to save Barca

The experienced national player headed a nice cross from Antoine Griezmann at the post

That was after Ousmane Dembele, who scored a goal in the 2-0 La Liga win in Seville at the weekend, gave the 30-time Spanish Cup winner in the second leg a lead in the 12th leg with his right foot Minute had given from out of range

Sevilla would have had the game in 73 Minute to make Barca 42nd Time to refuse the place in the final

The flag of Seville was reduced to 10 men in added time when the Brazilian Fernando was put on the red card for a foul on Francisco Trincao

“For their work and honesty we are more aggressive, we have always created opportunities, the team has improved tremendously

“This is a very important result for the club, for the players and of course for me. This is an important step towards earning a title”

It was a much needed victory for Barcelona after former President Josep Maria Bartomeu, current Managing Director Oscar Grau, Roma Legal Director Gomez Ponti and Bartomeu’s advisor Jaume Masferrer were arrested by Catalan police on Monday the club’s offices searched tomorrow

The search of the Barcelona stadium was part of an investigation into allegations that the club had launched a defamation campaign against current and former players criticizing Bartomeu

Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claimed in February 2020 that Barca had covered up excessive payments to a company called I3 Ventures that it hired to boost the club’s social media image

Part of the social media campaign was the criticism of current and former players like Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez, as well as legendary coach Pep Guardiola

Barcelona will meet in the final on 17 April in Seville either on Athletic Bilbao or Levante, who are 1-1 in the semifinals

Before that, however, Barcelona will attempt another comeback when they play next week in the Champions League second leg against Paris Saint-Germain

“We had the worst feeling in football when we conceded with the last kick of the game (in normal time)””

Barcelona – Sevilla

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