FC Barcelona pull off 2–0 extra time victory over Sevilla for their second domestic title of the season and 28th Copa del Rey of all-time.
Jordi Alba’s goal in the seventh minute of extra time capped a stunning turnaround of events and handed FC Barcelona a well-deserved 2–0 victory over Sevilla in the 2016 Copa del Rey final on Sunday night at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in Madrid.
Overall, the title is Barça’s fourth of the season.
An hour before Alba’s scored the eventual game-winner, though, the outlook was not as bright.
After dominating possession through the first 30 minutes of the final, FC Barcelona’s Javier Mascheranowere slapped with straight red card in the 36th minute for getting tangled up with Sevilla’s Kevin Gameiro as he raced in on goal.
Later, not long after the second half had gotten underway, Barça received a second shock, as Luis Suárezhad to leave the game with an injury after stretching just a bit too far to haul in a pass.
Tasked with a 22-metre free kick to essentially win the game, Messi somewhat awkwardly lobbed the ball over the wall before it was slapped over the bar by Sergio Rico.
The Barça XI came out of the huddle looking as confident as they had all evening. If they were going to win this one they would have to do it like they did in last summer’s Super Cup — in extra time.
And that’s just what happened.
Retaking control of the game, Messi picked out Alba with a long pass and the speedy full-back hauled it in before flicking it past Sergio Rico for the game’s first score in the 97th minute.
On the ensuing play, and with the game, and the tournament, all but over, Messi found Neymar in the Sevilla area and the Brazilian slotted past Rico, touching off FC Barcelona’s second title celebration in the last eight days.