Copa del Rey – Barca through to final after fiery clash

Barcelona 1 – 1 Atletico  Madrid

(Aggregate  3 – 2)

Barcelona progressed to their fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final after a dramatic 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou.

Luis Enrique’s side, who have not lost at home to Atleti in over a decade, led 2-1 from last week’s first leg at the Vicente Calderon and extended their lead two minutes before half time when Luis Suarez tapped home after Miguel Angel Moya could only parry Lionel Messi’s low shot into his path.

Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto was sent off for a second yellow card just before the hour. 

Antoine Griezmann had an equaliser incorrectly ruled out for offside.

Atleti were awarded a penalty with ten minutes remaining for Gerard Pique’s foul on substitute Kevin Gameiro.

The Frenchman skied his penalty high over the bar but redeemed himself by putting his side back on level terms on 83 minutes, finishing Antoine Griezmann’s ball across goal into an empty net.

In stoppage-time, Messi went down under a sliding challenge from Filipe Luis and looked to have turned his ankle, which left the Barcelona bench incensed, but the captain was able to finish the match.
Holders Barcelona will now meet either Alaves or Celta Vigo in the final, with those sides playing the second leg of their semi-final tie on Wednesday.


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