The Barcelona champions survived an early scare as they fought to secure a 2-1 win against third division Linares Deportivo in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday that sent them to the round of 16.
Barça made the trip to Andalucia missing several players due to COVID-19 and injuries, but coach Xavi Hernandez still decided to rest some key names for the round of 32 tie and they fell behind in the 19th minute for a shot. head of Hugo Diaz.
Xavi then brought in Frenkie de Jong, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele in the second half, with the French winger equaling with a low shot that goalkeeper Brimah Razak was unable to stop.
A few minutes later, the young Academy striker Ferran Jutgla scored the winning goal with a cross shot from the corner of the box after a fast break.
“I am very happy to help the team, to do what the manager asks me to do,” Jutgla told reporters. “They came out very strong, maybe a little stronger than us”.
Barça joins Espanyol, Real Sociedad, Valencia, Real Betis, Rayo Vallecano, Mallorca and third division Atletico Baleares, who eliminated La Liga side Celta Vigo with a 2-1 win, as first clubs to move on to the second round.
Real Madrid will face third division Alcoyano on Wednesday and Atletico Madrid will host Rayo Majadahonda on Thursday.
Another bad performance from Barcelona, fifth in the La Liga standings, 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid.
Linares also have the lead after Barça made their substitutions after the interval and hit the crossbar twice.
They also had a goal disallowed by the referee for a tight offside that could not be controlled because the small stadium of Linares could not support the installation of the VAR.
The big news in the game was Dani Alves’ first appearance following his return to the club after six years.
The 38-year-old right-back, who started the game as a winger, became the oldest player to play for Barcelona in an official match on Wednesday, beating Jose Manuel Pinto by 54 days.
Real takes revenge on the Alcoyano minnows
Real Madrid needed a lot of effort and a bit of luck as they won 3-1 at Alcoyano on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey round of 32, with two goals in the final that allowed them to take revenge for the defeat they suffered. last year in the third division.
It felt like deja vu when Real Madrid returned to the El Collao stadium 12 months after being humiliated 2-1 by the same team, who hail from a small town near Alicante.
Just like last year, Eder Militao led Real in the lead, but Dani Vega scored a magnificent equalizer, slipping a left-footed shot into the top corner of Andriy Lunins.
Madrid took the lead when Alcoyano’s Raul Gonzalez deflected a Marco Asensio shot from the back into the net, knocking keeper Jose Juan off the bat.
Two minutes later, substitute Isco took advantage of a mistake by two Alcoyano defenders and, after the clash with Jose Juan, the ball bounced off him and went into the goal.