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Debutants galore

The Copa adventure started in Alicante with the away match against Hércules. The final 8-1 win over two-legs makes it seem like it was all too easy for the Catalans. That is not the case as the blaugranas went behind following a David Mainz goal at the start of the second half before the debutant Carles Aleñá got the leveller with a screamer in the first leg. Aleñá’s eye-catching debut wasn’t the only one as Borja López, Carbonell, Marc Cardona and Nili also got a taste of first-team action.


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First goals for Paco and Lucas

The return at the Camp Nou was a completely different story. Barça won 7-0 and they comfortably went through to the next round. The blaugranas dominated from start to finish and Paco Alcácer and Lucas Digne both scored their first goals for the Club. Also, Arda Turan got a hat-trick while Rakitic and Rafinha joined in on the party in the final game of 2016.


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Fortress San Mamés

In the round of 16, the team faced difficult opposition in Athletic Club de Bilbao at the start of a hectic New Year. Despite playing well, the result went against them in the Basque country. Luis Enrique’s side lost 2-1 in San Mamés with Aduriz and Iñaki Williams striking in the first half. Leo Messi gave Barça hope going into the second leg with a fabulous free-kick.


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Trident seal comeback

Luis Enrique needed a comeback and the most feared strike force in the world delivered just that. Luis Suárez gave them the lead in the first half from a Neymar Jr assist. Then, the Brazilian scored a penalty to make it 2-0 just after the break. Saborit responded with a goal to bring the tie level shortly after. However, with extra-time looming, Leo Messi scored another free-kick to take Barça into the next round.


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End of the curse of Anoeta

The quarter final draw pitted the Catalans against Real Sociedad, which meant another visit to the Basque country. Specifically, Barça travelled to Anoeta where they have struggled to win in recent years. Luis Enrique’s men played excellently in both defence and attack and won 1-0 thanks to a Neymar Jr penalty.


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Goal fest takes team into semi-finals

Barça had a positive result from the first leg but knew that Eusebio’s team were still very much in the tie. Denis Suárez scored the opener on the night and Leo Messi added another. With barça coasting, the game took a crazy turn… Juanmi, Luis Suárez and William José made it a 3-2 on the night in just a few frantic minutes. Eventually, Arda Turan and Denis added one each and secured a 5-2 victory.


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Conquering the Calderón

FC Barcelona faced Atlético de Madrid in the semi-final. They produced an almost perfect first-half performance at the Calderón with a great Suárez goal and Leo Messi’s sumptuous strike. Atlético didn’t give up and they pulled one back through Griezmann in the second half to keep his side in it.


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Suffering for the final

Barça had produced a fantastic performance in the first leg and they would need another one to beat a resilient Simeone side. Suárez gave Barça the lead but once again the team from Madrid came back through a Gameiro goal (1-1). The blaugranas had to show some mental toughness of their own during the intense final minutes. Both Sergi Roberto and Suárez had been sent off meaning their team had to cling on with nine men to claim their place in their seventh Copa final in nine years.

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