Copa Del Rey & Coppa Italia: Barcelona Lost in Semifinal, Juventus-Atalanta Squaring off in the Final

2021-02-12 Football

Ronald Koeman’s men hope to clinch a Copa del Rey title, which was seemingly the most reasonable one, is about to hit the wall. Their result at the first leg in the semi final put them in a difficult situation after being defeated by Sevilla on the road. Jules Kunde and the former Barcelona man, Ivan Rakitic slotted the ball home for the victory of the Andalusian side. Failing to score an away goal would force them to win without conceding at the second leg, something which is rather unlikely considering their crisis in their defence. Not to mention their negative record against Sevilla. Such result has made Lionel Messi and Co scoreless in their past three meetings. In the other fixture, Athletic Bilbao could only muster a 1-1 draw while playing host to Levante. Gonzalo Melero put Levante at front before Inigo Martinez found the back of the net to equalise. The second leg is scheduled on the.

Sevilla vs Barcelona 2-0

Goals: Jules Kounde (25), Ivan Rakitic (85)

Sevilla: Y Bounou – Alex Vidal, Sergio Escudero (Karim Rekik 69), Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos  – Fernando Reges, Ivan Rakitic, Joan Jordan (Nemanja Guldej 80) – Suso (Oliver Torres 82), Papu Gomez ( Munir El-Haddadi 69), Youssef En-Neysiri (Luuk de Jong 69)

Barcelona: Marc Ter-Stegen – Jordi Alba, Junior Firpo, Oscar Mingueza, Samuel Umtiti (Trincao 63) – Frankie de Jong, Pedri (Riqui Puig 85), Sergio Busquets – Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele

Meanwhile, Coppa Italia has just completed its semifinal stage. Two finalists in the past two seasons, Juventus and Atalanta will be facing off at the final. La Vecchia Signora held Inter Milan in a goalless draw after snatching a 2-1 win on the road at the first leg. Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to optimise four decent chances to break the deadlock, three of which was blocked by Samir Handanovic. Eventually, such draw result was enough for them to go through the final to encounter Atalanta which smashed the reigning Champions, Napoli 3-1. Matteo Pessina was the man of the match by scoring brace after the opener from Duvan Zapata. Il Partenopei only responded once through Hirving Lozano.

Juventus vs Inter 0-0

Goals:

Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon  – Alex Sandro, Mathhijs de Ligt, Danilo, Merih Demirel  – Adrien Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentacur, Juan Cuadrado ( Georginio Chiellini 82), Federico Bernadeschi (Weston McKennie 62) – Dejan Kulervski (Federico Chiesa 87), Cristiano Ronaldo

Inter Milan : Samir Handanovic – Andrea Bastoni (Alexander Kolarov 65), Stefan de Vrij, Martin Skriniar –  Achraf Hakimi, Matteo Darmian (Ivan Perisic 65), Marcelo Brozovic, Nico Barella, Christian Eriksen (Stefano Sensi 65) – Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez

Other results:

Athletic Bilbao vs Levante 1-1

Atalanta vs Napoli 3-1