With videoFC Barcelona has escaped a downfall in the Spanish cup tournament, the Copa del Rey. Thanks to an Ansu Fati goal in extra time, Xavi’s team won 4-3 against third division club CF Intercity in Alicante.

    Frenkie de Jong did not take action. Memphis Depay was in the base, but did not appear in the piece. He was substituted in the second half for the later match winner Fati. Barcelona qualified for the eighth finals due to the difficult victory.

    Big man was CF Intercity striker Oriol Soldevila, who always nullified Barcelona’s lead with three hits in regular playing time. Soldevila, only 21 years old, is a player from FC Barcelona’s youth academy.

    Depay suffered an upper leg injury in September during a Nations League game against Poland and has not played for Barcelona since that time. He did, however, play on behalf of the Orange at the World Cup in Qatar. In the derby against Espanyol, Depay remained on the bench last week.

    Memphis Depay cannot make the difference for FC Barcelona. © AP

    Barcelona led after four minutes thanks to a striking header from Ronald Araújo. The home side equalized after an hour. Oriol Soldevila, 21 years old and previously not considered good enough for Barcelona, ​​hit the target from close range. Gavi and Raphinha appeared in the field. Not much later, the first gave the assist to Ousmane Dembélé, who again gave coach Xavi’s team the lead.

    Immediately after Soldevila had made it 2-2 with a header, Depay disappeared to the side. Raphinha seemed to decide the game, but Soldevila’s third goal meant extra time. In the encore, Ansu Fati put Barcelona 4–3 up in the 103rd minute.

    Atlético Madrid entered the last sixteen thanks to a win (0-2) over Real Oviedo. Marcos Llorente and Pablo Barrios scored the goals.


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