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Barcelona beat Sevilla to claim Copa del Rey

media Goal scorer Neymar celebrates with Lionel Messi during Barcelona's Copa del Rey victory. Reuters/Sergio Perez

Jordi Alba and Neymar scored in extra-time as Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 to retain the Copa del Rey. The victory at the end of a tetchy match which saw three players sent off and 11 booked means that Barcelona have completed a domestic double for the second consecutive year.

Javier Mascherano's dismissal just before half-time for pulling down Kevin Gameiro put Barca at a disadvantage. They were hampered further when their 59-goal top scorer Luis Suarez limped off early in the second-half with a hip injury
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Despite the setbacks, the Catalans resisted Sevilla who were playing in their second final in four days following their 3-1 win in the Europa League showdown over Liverpool on Wednesday.

But despite their numerical superiority, Sevilla could not make the breakthrough and they were reduced to 10 men in second-half stoppage time when Ever Banega was dismissed for a crude hack on the Brazil international Neymar.

Though he did not score, Lionel Messi was the architect of the victory. The Argentine’s sumptuous pass picked out Alba who volleyed into the far corner past the Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

Neymar then sealed the win in the dying seconds from another brilliant Messi assist after Sevilla’s Daniel Carrico had been dismissed for his second bookable offence.

 

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