Additional-time strikes from Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite allowed Barcelona to edge previous cussed third division neighbour Cornella 2-Zero and attain the final 16 of the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
Barcelona missed two penalties in regular time, with midfielder Miralem Pjanic being thwarted late within the first half by Cornella keeper Ramon Juan earlier than Dembele hit straight on the ft of the 21-year-old within the 80th minute from yet one more spot-kick.
Dembele made amends with a vicious long-range strike within the second minute of extra-time which Ramon Juan bought a hand to however was powerless to forestall it rocketing into the web.
Danish ahead Braithwaite, who had missed a transparent probability to win the sport late in regular time, then sealed a nervy Barca victory moments after Cornella’s Albert Estelles had been despatched off.
Barca is the one surviving group of Spain’s high three golf equipment in Friday’s last-16 draw after Actual Madrid was knocked out by Alcoyano on Wednesday, whereas La Liga chief Atletico Madrid was overwhelmed by Cornella final week.
Barca coach Ronald Koeman was relieved to succeed in the subsequent spherical however was annoyed along with his aspect’s incapacity to kill the sport off lengthy earlier than, that means it performed 120 minutes for the third match in a row after enjoying extra-time within the Spanish Tremendous Cup towards Actual Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao final week.
“A very powerful factor is that we bought via to the subsequent spherical however we can’t be joyful as a result of we missed lots of clear possibilities, we missed two penalties, and we have to present extra accountability in video games like these,” he informed reporters.
“We performed 120 minutes as soon as once more, that is an enormous factor for us. And after creating so many possibilities and lacking two penalties. This can’t be.”
That is the primary time in Barça historical past that we have now gone to further time in THREE CONSECUTIVE video games!
Previous to January, 2021, we performed back-to-back extra-time video games on two events, in:
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Cornella coach Guillermo Fernandez Romo mentioned his aspect had carried out itself proud however was nonetheless unhappy it couldn’t end the job.
“I do not be ok with the end result, however the whole lot else I noticed tonight makes me proud. We performed with dignity, and I am so impressed with my gamers as a result of my impression is that it was a good sport till the 80th minute,” he mentioned.