Barcelona vs Valencia
Luis Suarez scored a goal in the 67th minute, and what ended up being the winner, in the 1st leg of the Copa del Rey semis against Valencia at the Camp Nou. Suarez continues his recent run of form which puts him at nine goals in 2018. The Barca striker now has 16 goals in his last 16 games and 19 for the season.
The Blaugrana were in complete control of this match from the kickoff. Valencia’s defence had trouble with a lively Suarez and were having difficultly getting out of their own half. Los Che were able to regroup in the 2nd half and put together some chances but were unable to convert anything past Barca’s 2nd choice keeper Jasper Cillessen.
There was a moment of controversy when Sergi Roberto received a yellow card for a harsh challenge onAndreas Pereira. The right back appeared to go full studs up and clipped Pereira right below the midsection. Roberto should probably feel lucky to have only received a yellow.
Philipe Coutinho, Barca’s record signing, came on in the 58th minute for Aleix Vidal and made little impact. It looks like Coutinho will need more time to find his comfort zone in the Barca system before we can truly rate his performances, but so far he’s been underwhelming.
As for Valencia, they should be thankful that the scoreline only ended up being 1–0. Heading back to the Mestalla, Los Che should still have confidence that they can end Barca’s chances at reaching the Copa del Rey final which should make for a very exciting match next week.
Leganes vs Sevilla
Luis Muriel opened the scoring for Sevilla in the first half with an impossible angle goal at Butarque Stadium.
Later in the second half, Sevilla’s keeper Sergio Rico was unable to punch away the ball, allowing Leganes defender Dimitris Siovas to head the ball into the net.
With the match ending in a 1–1 draw, Leganes still has a chance to make it to the Copa del Rey final for the first time in the club’s 89 year history.
Five-time Copa winners, Los Rojiblancos, will be looking to handle business in the return leg at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán and return to the Copa del Rey final since being defeated by Barcelona in 2016.
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