Barca’s 85-year first as 5-0 rout secures 4th straight Cup win


LIONEL Messi and Luis Suarez inspired Barcelona to what will surely be the first part of a home double this season when they beat Sevilla 5-0 on Saturday to win Copa del Rey.

Messi had scored once and Suarez twice before even the half-time whistle was blown by Wanda Metropolitano, with the sublime Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho later complicated Sevilla's humiliation.

Barca's exciting screen earns them for their 30th triumph in this competition and fourth in a row after reaching the final in each of the last five years.

But despite the hugs and high fives at the end, the real celebrations will be put on ice until next Sunday, where victory over Deportivo La Coruna will also confirm Ernesto Valverde's side as La Liga champions.

Even a pure sweep of the domestic trophies, perhaps polished by La Liga's first unbeaten season, will not wipe out the disappointing disappointment from Barca's Champions League exit to Rome. 19659003] But this achievement, as easy as the eye was, will certainly serve as a counterpoint to those who think Valverde's team has been effective, rather than excitement this season, and too addicted to Messi .

The Argentine was, of course, fantastic again on Saturday, but it was not a one-man show.

Suarez scored his 31st and 32th goal for the season, while Iniesta delivered one of the inexperienced screens, at times he could hardly be played.

If this is the 33th last Barca final before he left for China, it was a good bye, with only goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen absent from the 10-man huddle who sucked Spain after his shimmying fourth.

When Coutinho converted his penalty in 69 minutes, barca simply shared the goals around.

For Sevilla defeat was always the most likely scenario but this was a laundering.

Sitting eighth in La Liga even Europe League qualification now sees an outside bet and there may be consequences for coach Vincenzo Montella and some of his players in the summer.

They were second best from minute one when Barca swung forward with hardly a break for the spirit in the opening hours of an hour.

When the first goal arrived, it came from a long Cillessen point downfield when Coutinho found himself free behind the Sevilla backline and squared for Suarez to get home.

Sevilla may have enjoyed their best time before half past three, when three white shirts could not connect with Jesus Navas and Franco Vazquez could have done better with a free head.

But Barca was in control. Iniesta hit the bar with a rasping shot away and soon they were two. Jordi Alba kept the ball alive with a rear wheel that Messi slammed into the net.

Messi could have had a second if it was not for an incorrect offside call and then a cynical error by Sergio Escudero, who only had a chance to receive a yellow card.

Both were small when Messi put Suarez free 41 minutes, and the Uruguayan defeated a third under David Soria.

There was another one-two, with Messi again pivoten, releasing Iniesta in the second half as the midfielder's dummy shot left Soria scrambling and an open net to complete the midfielder to finish. [19659003] Sank to their destiny, Sevilla fans sang to the end, although Coutinho sent a penalty to make it five after the ball hit Clement Lenglet on his arm.

Everything left was that Iniesta's substitution was met by a standing ovation that the skipper considers a predicted move to China at the end of the season.

Sevilla tried to win a sixth Copa and save a season that will end without trophies and maybe not even somewhere in the Europa League next season. The final took place at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the capital in the midst of the ongoing political turmoil that involved Catalonia's bid for independence.

There was a part of Barcelona's crowd when the national anthem was played, but Boos was largely immersed by the reaction of the many Sevilla fans in the crowd. Spain's King Felipe VI smiled and greeted the fans after the hymn.

No other team had won four Copa titles in a row since Athletic Bilbao from 1930-33. The only other team to do was Real Madrid from 1905-08. Barcelona lost a chance to win the treble when it was eliminated by Roma in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, but it's three points away from winning the Spanish league.



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