Barça defeat Alaves 3-1 to win 29th Copa del Rey.

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FC Barcelona won the Copa del Rey for the 29th time in club history as  Luis Enrique’s era came to an end. Another marvelous performance by Messi saw Barcelona defeat Alaves 3-1 to win the cup and become the first team since the early 1950s to lift the cup three seasons running.

The final game ever to be played at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon was the venue between the Catalan and Basque side. Messi gave the Blaugrana the lead at the half hour mark. However, Alaves leveled things through Theo Hernandez’s unstoppable free kick three minutes later. Neymar though scored the go ahead goal right before halftime before Messi assisted Paco who scored in stoppage time of the first half.

Neither side would score in the second half and Barça ended the season with the Copa del Rey trophy after losing out on the league title to Real Madrid. This result means they will meet Real Madrid in the upcoming Spanish Supercopa.

Match Stats (From Sport):

FC BARCELONA: Cillessen; Mascherano (André Gomes, m. 9), Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Rakitic (Aleix Vidal, m. 82), Iniesta; Messi, Paco Alcácer y Neymar.

ALAVÉS: Pacheco; Kiko Femenía, Vigaray, Rodrigo Ely, Feddal, Theo Hernández (Romero, m. 79); Edgar Méndez (Camarasa, m. 59), Marcos Llorente, Manu García, Ibai (Sobrino, m. 59); y Deyverson.
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Goals: 1-0, m. 30: Messi; 1-1, m. 33: Theo Hernández; 2-1, m. 45: Neymar; 3-1, m. 48+: Paco Alcácer.

RefereeClos Gómez

Cautions: Umtiti (m. 41), Iniesta (m. 76) & Messi (m. 76); Edgar (m. 16) & Sobrino (m. 76).

Barça defeat Villarreal 4-1 as MSN surpass 100 goals.

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FC Barcelona kept pace with Real Madrid in their pursuit of the league title, by defeating Villarreal 4-1 at the Camp Nou. Neymar opened the scoring in the 20th minute by poking in the ball from close range. However, Villarreal would equalize eleven minutes later through Cedric Bakambu.

The Blaugrana retook the lead right before halftime through Messi whose deflected shot from distance snuck past the Villarreal keeper. That goal meant that Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar surpassed 100 combined goals in all competitions for the season. Furthermore, that was Messi’s 50th goal in all competitions, which is the fifth time the legend has reached that milestone.

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In the second half, Luis Suarez scored Barça’s third goal of the match in the 68th minute before Messi scored the team’s fourth and final goal in the 81st minute from the spot with a well taken “Panenka”penalty. Next up for Barça is a trip to Las Palmas as they keep pace with Real Madrid, who won 4-0 against Granada later on.

Match Stats (From Sport):

FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto (Mascherano, 78′), Piqué, Umtiti, Digne (Jordi Alba, 74′), Busquets, Rakitic (André Gomes, 83′), Iniesta, Messi, Luis Suárez & Neymar.

VILARREAL: Andrés Fernández, Mario, Musacchio, Álvaro, Jaume Costa, Rodrigo, Jonathan dos Santos, Trigueros, Soriano (Samu Castillejo, 72′), Bakambu (Adrián, 83′) & Soldado (Sansone, 72′)

Goals: 1-0, Neymar (20′); 1-1, Bakambu (31′); 2-1, Messi (45′); 3-1, Luis Suárez (68′); 4-1, Messi, (81′ – penalty)

Referee: Sánchez Martínez

Cautions: Sergi Roberto (15′), Iniesta (63′) / Álvaro (18′), Soldado (71′), Musacchio (77′), Jaume Costa (80′)

Barça defeat Real Madrid 2-3 with late Messi winner.

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Barça pulled off a superb last gasp winner against arch rivals Real Madrid in a memorable 2-3 victory. Messi and Rakitic scored the first two goals before Messi sealed the winner in stoppage time.

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Barça faced Real Madrid in Madrid with Neymar out of the lineup. Instead, it was Paco Alcacer who started in his place on the left side of MSN. Barça thought would fall behind when Casemiro put Real Madrid ahead in the 28th minute after Sergio Ramos’s effort struck the post and Casemiro was there to tap in the opener. Continue reading “Barça defeat Real Madrid 2-3 with late Messi winner.”