User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Barca beats Atletico to enter Copa semis!

  1. #1
    Barcaman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Where the water is warm, the drinks are cold... and I don't know the names of the players.
    Posts
    26,226
    Blog Entries
    1
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Barca beats Atletico to enter Copa semis!

    A dynamite start of Spanish Cup quarter final return leg between Atletico and Barcelona produced 5 goals in 1st half.
    Barca went behind twice but eventually were leading 3-2 at the break. After Atlético were reduced to ten men at half-time, all the fire went out of the game, with Barça’s qualification for the last four of the cup never really looking in doubt.



    It all started like one of the classic Atlético v Barça games of the nineties. It was relentless end-to-end action from start to finish. The opening goal took just thirty seconds to come. In the very first move of the match, Fernando Torres broke free and slotted the ball to Ter Stegen’s left. It was the worst start Barça could have imagined, but the plot would soon be taking several dramatic twists.

    Just nine minutes later, Barça made amends. Messi played through to Suárez, who threaded the ball on to Neymar and the Brazilian coolly found the back of the net. The Catalans were back level and Atlético now needed to score twice!
    Penalty controversy

    Shortly after, a long ball from Ter Stegen was collected by Neymar, who looked to have scored his and Barça’s second, but the linesman’s flag was up for offside. And Griezmann then fluffed a sitter moments before Atlético went back ahead, this time from a controversial penalty. Even if it had been a foul by Macherano on Juanfran, the replays clearly showed that the contact happened outside the area. But Raul García stepped up to take the kick, and it was 2-1.

    After 36 minutes, Barça equalised for the second time in the match, this time courtesy of an Atlético own goal. After Oblak turned a Rakitic strike behind for a corner, the ensuing kick was knocked by Mirandainto his own net.

    The 41st minute produced further drama. A perfect opportunity for Griezmann struck Jordi Alba, and while the Calderón was screaming for handball, Barça broke away on the counter. Messi laid the ball off to the same Alba, who did brilliantly to set up Neymar, and the Brazilian only had to run the ball in to make it 3-2. Now Atlético needed to score three and the semi-finals beckoned for FCB.
    Red in the tunnel

    As the teams came out for the second half, it turned out Atlético were down to ten men. The referee had red carded Gabi following an incident in the players’ tunnel at half-time. And the situation had clearly knocked the wind out of the home side, who approached the second half in a dejected mood, knowing that they had an almost impossible task ahead of them.

    All the intensity had gone out of the game, and other than one brilliant save by Ter Stegen to deny Cani after 71 minutes, the rest of the half was a Barça monologue. But there was to be no further score.Suárez came closest after 57 minutes, but his shot sailed over the bar, and there were back-to-back strikes from Iniesta and Pedro that Oblak dealt with well.
    For Atlético, the frustration got worse and as they collected yellow card after yellow card, they were eventually reduced to nine men when Mario Suárez received his second. By this stage, they were resigned to defeat and the Barça fans were already celebrating passage to the semi-finals.

    Barça will find out who their opponents will be on Thursday night when Villarreal defend their 1-0 lead from the first leg against Getafe.
    (source: Fc Barcelona official website)

  2. #2
    Estonian Culé
    Egert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    6,160
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So we will play Villareal? Guess it won't be that easy after all.

  3. #3
    Member
    cmsy27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Posts
    229
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Not easy but if we don't get overconfident we'll definitely make finals. I'm guessing Barça vs. Espanyol for the final.

  4. #4
    Guardiolista
    KyletheMuslim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Kingston, Jamaica
    Posts
    1,553
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Catalan derby in the final ! yea :barca scarf:
    The pale-faced executioner…he’s an illuminous illumination! -Ray Hudson on

  5. #5
    Chief Of Footballing Matters
    pacp_96's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    England
    Posts
    3,396
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cmsy27 View Post
    Not easy but if we don't get overconfident we'll definitely make finals. I'm guessing Barça vs. Espanyol for the final.
    +1
    Team DonAK - The Manifesto - http://www.barcaforum.com/showthread...-The-Manifesto

    Chief of Footballing Matters - DonAK's Barca

    Winners of the Barca Forum Election 2015

    Winner of the 2014/15 Barca Forum Prediction League

  6. #6
    Chief Of Footballing Matters
    pacp_96's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    England
    Posts
    3,396
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Where will the final be held this year?
    Team DonAK - The Manifesto - http://www.barcaforum.com/showthread...-The-Manifesto

    Chief of Footballing Matters - DonAK's Barca

    Winners of the Barca Forum Election 2015

    Winner of the 2014/15 Barca Forum Prediction League

  7. #7
    linetty
    Guest
    The semis are over 2 legs as well?

  8. #8
    Chief Of Footballing Matters
    pacp_96's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    England
    Posts
    3,396
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by linetty View Post
    The semis are over 2 legs as well?
    Yep
    Team DonAK - The Manifesto - http://www.barcaforum.com/showthread...-The-Manifesto

    Chief of Footballing Matters - DonAK's Barca

    Winners of the Barca Forum Election 2015

    Winner of the 2014/15 Barca Forum Prediction League

  9. #9
    linetty
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by pacp_96 View Post
    Yep
    We can celebrate then I guess. There's no way we don't eliminate Villarreal over 2 legs and we may get Espanyol in the final...

  10. #10
    Chief Of Footballing Matters
    pacp_96's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    England
    Posts
    3,396
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by linetty View Post
    We can celebrate then I guess. There's no way we don't eliminate Villarreal over 2 legs and we may get Espanyol in the final...
    Should do. Only way we can lose is if 1. we get overconfident and/or 2. have a really bad game in the final with either Espanyol/Bilbao having the game of their lives.
    Team DonAK - The Manifesto - http://www.barcaforum.com/showthread...-The-Manifesto

    Chief of Footballing Matters - DonAK's Barca

    Winners of the Barca Forum Election 2015

    Winner of the 2014/15 Barca Forum Prediction League

  11. #11
    Estonian Culé
    Egert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    6,160
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Don't think we wouldn't win when we reach the final. And Villareal over 2 legs should be fine. When we reach the final, players now they need to win, because we didn't win anything last season and will give everything to win CdR

  12. #12
    Super Saiyan
    Gohan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    1,410
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You can never rule out underdog teams in a Cup Final. That is a golden rule in football

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Alik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Barcelona
    Posts
    6,030
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by pacp_96 View Post
    Should do. Only way we can lose is if 1. we get overconfident and/or 2. have a really bad game in the final with either Espanyol/Bilbao having the game of their lives.
    Or Lucho makes a horrible blunder like he's been known to do many times this season.

  14. #14
    Super Saiyan
    Gohan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    1,410
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Alik View Post
    Or Lucho makes a horrible blunder like he's been known to do many times this season.
    It seems he has found his line up for the big games. Been pretty succesful this far.