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Barcelo cruise into Copa del Rey semis

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Jan 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Barcelo, Jan 27: FC Barcelo dismantled Real Sociedad 5-2 to advance to the Copa del Rey semifils for the seventh straight year.

After edging Sociedad 1-0 in the first leg of the quarterfil, the defending Copa champions put on a show in front of nearly 59,000 fans at Camp Nou on Thursday, Efe news reported.

In the first half, Barça focused more on controlling the game than chasing goals. Even so, the hosts opened the scoring in the 17th minute with the first of two from Denis Suarez.

Sociedad, who needed two goals to have a hope of advancing, relied on a high press, but failed to register a shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes, though Barcelo keeper Jasper Cillessen contributed his share of clearances.

The visitors started the second half in high gear and quickly redressed the imbalance in possession.

William Jose had a chance to equalize, but Cillessen made an outstanding save, setting the stage for a counter that would seal the win for Barça.

Sociedad’s Iñigo Martinez brought down Neymar and Lionel Messi converted from the spot in the 58th minute to give Barcelo a 2-0 lead for the night and a 3-0 advantage on aggregate.

Despite the heavy odds against them, the visitors responded and Juanmi clawed back a goal in the 62nd minute, taking advantage of a miscue by Cillessen.

Within a minute, however, Luis Suarez scored to make it 3-1 for the hosts.

The intensity on both sides dipped notably after that, only to return when William Jose scored on a header in the 73rd minute to cut Barça’s lead to 3-2.

Messi played a role in Arda Turan’s tally in the 80th and provided an assist on Denis Suarez’s second goal at the 83-minute mark.

Barcelo joins Atletico Madrid, Alaves and Celta Vigo in the semifils. IANS

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