- Barcelona suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash at Estadio Ramon
- Sevilla's Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder scored two second half goals to hand Sevilla the advantage going into the reverse fixture
- Kevin-Prince Boateng marked his debut after joining Barca on Tuesday but Lionel Messi was missing from the squad
Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder netted two second half goals, as Sevilla claimed a 2-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash at the Estadio Ramon on Wednesday, January 23.
The encounter saw both teams with scoring opportunities but Sarabia's opener in the 58th minute and Ben Yedder’s 76th minute strike handed Sevilla a two-goal lead going into the reverse fixture at Camp Nou next week.
Kevin-Prince Boateng, who completed a loan switch from Sassuolo on Tuesday, marked his debut straight from the start but, could not tip Barcelona from going down.
The 31-year-old led the line for Barca and was joined by the pair of Malcom and Carles Alena in the middle of the park as Lionel Messi was not listed for the game.
Sevilla had an appeal for a penalty rejected after a handball by Arturo Vidal but the referee signaled for a corner-kick.
Barcelona on their part didn’t create too much but Malcom was presented a glorious chance to score after rounding the goalkeeper but missed target by whiskers.
In the second stanza, Sevilla upped their game and appeared more determined and deservedly went ahead before the 60th minute.
Quincy Promes released a pass into the penalty area and Sarabia was spot on to put the ball beyond the reach of Cillessen.
And on the 76th minute Ben Yedder doubled Sevilla’s advantage after finishing off a clever cross from Ever Banega at the far post.
Although Barcelona had their moments after the goals, they failed to score an away goal, and will have their hands full in the reverse leg at the Camp Nou.
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Barcelona defeated visiting Leganes 3-1 in at the Nou Camp on Sunday, January 20, to maintain their top position on the standings.
Nigerian international Kenneth Omeruo started for Leganes against Barcelona and he was in good form for his side.
Barcelona scored their first goal through Frenchman Ousmane Dembele in the 32nd minute in which Leganes' goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar had no answer