“Barcelona’s Thrilling Victory: Advancing to Copa del Rey Round of 16 with a 3-2 Win Against Barbastro”

Om Sharma
By Om Sharma 3 Min Read

JANUARY, 08 2024

Barcelona faced unexpected challenges in their 3-2 victory over fourth-division club Barbastro during the third round of the Copa del Rey on Sunday. Despite securing a spot in the round of 16, the Catalan club’s performance was notably lackluster, prompting coach Xavi Hernández to acknowledge the unnecessary struggles. Xavi expressed his frustration, stating, “It’s a game in which you can score several goals, but when you don’t, you end up suffering more than expected.”

The match highlighted Barcelona’s recent struggles, coming off hard-fought wins in the Spanish league against Almeria and Las Palmas. The victory against Barbastro broke a three-game winless streak for Barcelona across all competitions. Despite Fermín López and Robert Lewandowski contributing to the scoreline, Barbastro’s Adriá de Mesa and Marc Prat Serrano kept the contest close, emphasizing Barcelona’s vulnerability. Additionally, Barcelona forward João Félix had a goal disallowed for offside. The game also saw Xavi strategically resting several key players ahead of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, Barcelona defender Íñigo Martínez, who recently returned from injury, had to be replaced due to another injury, adding to the team’s concerns.

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Valencia faced a tough challenge against 10-man Cartagena, the bottom-ranked team in Spain’s second division, in the Copa del Rey. The match saw a dramatic turn of events, with Sergi Canós equalizing in the 73rd minute after Cartagena took an early lead through Alfredo Ortuño just four minutes into the game. The encounter intensified as Valencia secured the victory with José Luis Gayà netting the winner in the first half of extra time, while Cartagena played a man down following Iván Calero’s red card in first-half stoppage time.

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Meanwhile, other top-tier clubs asserted their dominance against lower-division opponents on Sunday. Athletic Bilbao, Celta Vigo, Mallorca, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, and Osasuna all secured victories, showcasing their strength in the competition. Notably, Tenerife delivered a surprising upset by defeating top-tier Las Palmas 2-0 in a Canary Islands derby, where both teams experienced player dismissals in the second half. The day also witnessed a unique situation between Villarreal and Unionistas, as their match was suspended at 1-1 before extra time due to a power outage, with the resumption scheduled for Monday. The Copa del Rey continues to provide thrilling moments as top clubs navigate through single-elimination games.

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