Jordi Alba celebrates Copa del Rey final at Vicente Calderón / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB

Football often throws up some unexpected storylines, and one of those came about in last Sunday’s Copa del Rey final between FC Barcelona and Sevilla.

Rather than one of the front three grabbing that crucial breakthrough in the tensest of finals, it was full-back Jordi Alba who got in behind the opposition defence to tuck away a goal in extra-time to send Barça on their way to the double.

With the game tied at 0-0 and with Barça down to ten men from early on after Javier Mascherano’s straight red, the Catalans had their speedy left-back to thank for a crucial strike.

But it was not the first time that Alba has come up trumps in the attacking end. It was the 27-year-old who also played a big assist to Suarez against Granada which set Barça on their way to a 3-0 win on the final day of the league season which sealed the Liga title.

Important goals

He rarely scores but, when he does, they tend to be decisive. Six out of his eight Barça goals have resulted in important wins, as listed below:

Season

Competition

Opponent

Venue

Result

Jordi Alba makes it

2012/13

Champions League

Celtic

Camp Nou

2-1

2-1

2012/13

Liga

Deportivo

Riazor

4-5

0-1

2012/13

Liga

Celta

Camp Nou

3-1

3-1

2012/13

Copa del Rey

Real Madrid

Camp Nou

1-3

1-3

2012/13

Champions League

Milan

Camp Nou

4-0

4-0 (completes turnaround)

2014/15

Copa del Rey

Elche

Camp Nou

5-0

4-0

2014/15

Liga

Almeria

Juegos Mediterráneos

 

1-2

2015/16

Copa del Rey

Sevilla

Vicente Calderón

2-1

1-0

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22 assists

As well as popping up with the odd goal, Alba has made no less than 22 assists across 21 games, and 20 of those ended in victory.