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szdaily -> Sports -> 
Barca routs Sevilla 6-1 to reach Copa semis
    2019-02-01  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

FOR Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Sevilla on Wednesday that put it into the Copa del Rey semifinals means his team will aim for nothing less than another treble of titles.

Barcelona completed the rare sweep of Copa del Rey, Spanish league and Champions League trophies in 2011 and 2015.

Since then it has gone on to win all three editions of the cup and two more La Liga titles, but its failure to repeat in Europe had led to speculation that Barcelona would not prioritize the Copa del Rey this season to save energy.

But Barcelona’s commanding performance to overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss speaks otherwise.

“They said that we didn’t want to win this Copa,” Messi said. “This team wants to fight for all three competitions. We don’t give anything away.”

Messi and Luis Suarez both scored late goals with the pair of star strikers back in Barcelona’s starting lineup after getting some rest when their teammates lost in Seville.

Phillipe Coutinho netted two goals in his best game of an up-and-down season for the Catalan club. Messi helped Coutinho get going by earning a foul in the area by Quincy Promes, and then stepping aside for his teammate to convert the spot kick.

Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who only regularly starts in the cup, made excellent saves to push Andre Silva’s close-range shot onto his post and stop Ever Banega’s penalty after Gerard Pique fouled Roque Mesa.

“Lionel was very generous with his teammate and Coutinho took on the big responsibility to open the scoring,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. “The penalty saved by Cillessen kept us in the tie. When they took risks with the score 4-1, we found more space and finished them off.”(SD-Agencies)

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