Barcelona's expectations of arriving at the last of the 2020/21 Copa del Rey are on the ropes in the wake of dropping to a 2-0 destruction at Sevilla in their semi-last first leg on Wednesday night at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
Jules Kounde scored a dynamite objective to procure the hosts a first-half lead before previous Barcelona player Ivan Rakitic got in the subsequent half to give the Andalusians a sound lead on total going into the following month's subsequent leg.
Ronald Koeman raised an eyebrow or two with the incorporation of Junior Firpo into the back-line rather than Clement Lenglet, while Sergio Busquets, Pedri, and Frenkie de Jong were entrusted as the midfield uphold for the favored assaulting threesome of Messi, Antoine Griezmann, and Ousmane Dembele.
Barcelona had the initial possibility through an ideal weight pass from Griezmann that skimmed into Messi, yet Bono came up large to deny the Argentine. That was trailed by the primary scoring opportunity for the hosts, with Kounde swinging a shot wide.
Kounde's first exertion may have come up short, however, the second was perfect, as the French protector turned and turned his way through the Barcelona safeguard, getting Samuel Umtiti through the wash cycle before terminating into the net for a 1-0 Sevilla lead.
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