Kounde magic, Rakitic effort hand Sevilla Copa Del Rey advantage over Barcelona
|Ter Stegen stretch to lengths to keep Wissam Ben Yedder's effort out in Barcelona's 2-0 loss to Sevilla on Wednesday. (Photo credit: GOAL)|
Sevilla took a huge advantage to the second leg of their Copa Del Rey finals against Barcelona.
Sevilla defender Jules Kounde scored an extraordinary solo goal and Ivan Rakitic struck against his old side in a 2-0 win over Barcelona in a Copa del Rey semi-final first leg on Wednesday to heap massive pressure on Ronald Koeman.
The Barca keeper made a superb save to prevent Sergio Escudero doubling Sevilla's lead at the end of the first half but Croatia midfielder, formerly on the books of the Catalan side, Rakitic made sure of the victory with a thumping finish into the roof of the net in the 85th minute.
Barca felt they should have been awarded a penalty at 1-0 down when Jordi Alba was tripped on the edge of the area but referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz gave a free kick without checking with the VAR whether the foul had taken place inside the box.
"We suffered a little more in the second half but everyone stuck to the coach's plan and it paid off."