Barcelona – Real Sociedad | Copa del Rey: Dembl leads Bara to the semifinals


Barcelona, ​​led by a huge Dembl, is already in the Cup semifinals after leaving a great Real Sociedad by the gutter that had its options despite playing with one less throughout the second half. A warm-up from Brais Méndez earned him a direct red card, via VAR, after an ugly tackle on Busquets. The Galician lost center for a few minutes after receiving an elbow from Lewandowski who received no penalty and over-stopped, seriously harming his team. As soon as the second half began, Dembl made it 1-0 and despite the fact that Real came close to drawing on several occasions, especially in an incomprehensible mistake by Sorloth, his excellent streak of nine consecutive victories was left at the Camp Nou.

The match promised no matter how it looked. A Barcelona that is going further and is close to what it was – leader of LaLiga and with the recently won Super Cup – measured a Real Sociedad at its best with nine consecutive victories and very hungry to win. Two signature teams, lovers of the ball, who can’t be given a chance because you’re lost. A pity the casualties due to injury to Merino and David Silva in those of Imanol so that the show was superlative. Even the appointment of the referee, Gil Manzano, had his curiosity because he was once again face to face with Lewandowski after the expulsion of the Pole in Pamplona.

Xavi, aware of the difficulty of the match, drew the same eleven that won the Super Cup against Real Madrid. The usual 4-3-3 became 4-4-2 with Dembl and Lewandowski at the forefront and De Jong helping Busquets in the engine room. Imanol gave youth squad player Pablo Marn the starting position and led a trident made up of Oyarzabal, Sorloth and Kubo who sought to surprise with speed in some counterattack. The Catalans came out more involved in the game and in the first minutes they bottled up the Basques in their area. With a Dembl plugged in, the realistic defense suffered greatly in the first 20 minutes. Lewandowski even scored a goal disallowed for offside by De Jong and Remiro was close to getting the ball out of his goal after shots from Dembl and De Jong.

The fight for possession of the ball was clearly carried by Barcelona from the start. The pressure from the Real was unsuccessful and the Bara easily reached the vicinity of the royalist area. Still, the people from San Sebastián were very close to taking the lead on the scoreboard after a good action by Pablo Marn and a shot by Kubo against the crossbar of Ter Stegen’s goal. The intensity with which the match started decreased with the passing of the minutes and the last quarter of an hour was even more difficult with too many fouls and elbow strikes that worsened in the absence of cards from Gil Manzano. He only took out one and it was red after being warned by the VAR. A revolutionized Brais Mndez, who had received an elbow from Lewandowski minutes before and was hot, went too far with an ugly tackle on Busquets that left his team with one less on the verge of rest. An out of place action by the Galician in a game as important as this one. Dembl, in the match against Getafe, made a similar tackle on Alderete for which he only saw a yellow card. And, like everything in life, comparisons are hateful. Thus it came to rest.

Sorloth’s incredible mistake for 1-1

The expulsion forced Imanol to rebuild the team and left Oyarzabal and Diego Rico in the dressing room for Barrenetxea and Aihen. The Bara took advantage of the numerical superiority and maintained control, as in the first part. Above all thanks to an outstanding Dembl with whom Rico could not in the first half or Aihen in the second. The Frenchman, after a pass from his compatriot Kound, went at speed from Aihen and decided the tie in the 51st minute with a strong right hand that surprised Remiro. La Real reacted to the goal and got better at their game. To the point that he was about to equalize in an incomprehensible mistake by the Norwegian Sorloth who finished high in the goal mouth and with Ter Stegen beaten a sensational pass from Kubo.

After the scare, Barcelona took the lead again and again thanks to a Dembl who was on another level than the rest of the players. Everything went through the Frenchman who, in another gallop, put Gavi on a platter to make it 2-0, but the Andalusian’s shot hit the crossbar. In the last minutes, Bara temporized and a failure to concentrate by Ter Stegen with a bad pass to Busquets put the realists on a tie, but the German rectified his mistake by stopping Robert Navarro’s willing shot. Olasagasti had another option already in the addition, but Ter Stegen responded again. There died the options of a Real that never gave up and that sees its great streak of nine victories in a row at the Camp Nou, a jinxed field for its interests, come to an end.

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