Barcelona were crowned Copa del Rey champions after they beat Sevilla 2-0 in extra time at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
The Copa del Rey final was into extra time and still nothing could separate the league champions from the Europa League winners when Lionel Messi played the most perfect of passes and Jordi Alba scored the goal that took Barcelona towards the double. As elated and exhausted bodies piled up in the corner of the pitch, supporters in yellow, red and blue celebrated at the other, south end of the Vicente Calderón.
The 28th cup in their history rounds off a wonderful season which has included such highlights as the 4-0 win in the Bernabéu and the 7-0 win over Valencia at Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey semi-final. The season’s successes can be seen as fitting tribute to Johan Cruyff, the man who was the architect of the Club’s most trophy laden period in its 116 year history.
1 min: And we’re off, on a beautiful evening in Spain (says the man on TV). Barcelona are in their famous red and blue, Sevilla in white with jaunty red socks. Some midfield tussling results in Suarez falling to the turf but he’s back and jogging around shortly afterwards.
RED CARD! (Mascherano 35 min)
37 min: Sevilla have a free-kick around 25 yards out after the Mascherano red card. Ter Stegen has to be at his best to tip a dipping free-kick from just under the bar.
Half-time: Barcelona 0-0 Sevilla