2014-2015 Copa del Rey: Barcelona and Espanyol take advantage from the first leg

Who was going to say to Villarreal that with how well it started the second half, would end almost goodbye to the chance to play the final of the Copa Del Rey. Just two minutes after the game resumed, Manu Trigueros managed the equalizer 1, a distant shot that swallowed ter Stegen, but the joy lasted him little good team Castellon.

The goal of Trigueros equaled a game in commanding the Barcelona with a goal from Argentine Leo Messi, served on a platter by the Uruguayan Luis Suarez, near the end of the first half. But as we say, the joy was short for groguets, because practically on the next play Andres Iniesta ahead relocating to Barcelona, ending a somewhat convoluted play.


A standing in a corner, shot the central Gerard Pique was the third and the rhythm playing Barcelona, it seemed that the room was a matter of time. He got his big break in penalty kick not released Messi, but Neymar, but the Brazilian was met with a great response from Sergio Asenjo. So, 3-1 broad result but it could have been worse for Villarreal and tenth straight win for Luis Enrique.

In the other semifinal, Athletic de Bilbao – Espanyol, is the Barcelona team which takes advantage of the double value of away goals after the 1-1 that registered the scoreboard. It was an intense but with little football match because both teams pushed hard and did not leave at any time to play your opponent, so the inaccuracies and long balls were protagonists.

In a quick and vertical against, finished with a perfect finish for Aduriz, came the first goal of the game, which put Athletic ahead after 10 minutes. The minutes passed and Valverde’s team did not suffer, but the Espanyol was going to make the most of their first chance. After the half hour mark, Aurtenetxe cleared wrong and VĂ­ctor Sanchez took advantage of the gift to send a rocket to the top.

In the second half, Athletic was able to throw the ball to the turf and keep more possession, but nothing helped. Neither changes Valverde, clearly offensive. Quite the contrary, was Espanyol who had the best chances crashing two balls on wood, one after a shot Sergio Garcia center and another after a header by Victor Alvarez.

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