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Barça lost but are still in the chase for a place in the final / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE

Everything will be decided next Sunday at 7.00 PM CET in the Miniestadi after the U18 team lost their Spanish Cup semi-final against Sevilla 3-1. On a scorching hot day in Andalusia, two early goals in the second half and one more towards the end put the home side in the driving seat, but Juan Antonio’s strike keeps FCB in contention.

The game had started well for the visitors, but Sevilla also had their chances, especially from set pieces, although the first half ended as it began, with no score.

Dodgy penalty

The second half saw the game come alive with Abel Moreno converting a Sedeño cross to delight the local supporters. And moments later, a more than questionable penalty was blown in Sevilla’s favour and Juan Muñoz made no mistake from eleven metres. Things were not looking good for Barcelona.

Barça needed to react, and they did. After 66 minutes, Juan Antonio pounced on a rebound from Ebwelle to get a goal back. This was followed a series of chances for Barça to get back on level terms, but tiredness was setting in and it was Sevilla who got the final goal. As the game was drawing to a close, Juan Muñoz made it 3-1 to complicate things from the side managed by Jordi Vinyals, but next Sunday they’ll have the chance to make amends on home soil at the Miniestadi.

MATCH STATS

Sevilla, 3

U18 A, 1

Sevilla: Juan Soriano; Sedeño, Luis, Mesa, Matos; Cera (Carmona), Antonio, Yan Brice (D’Andrea, min 70); Giráldez (Nané, min 70), Juanje (Abel, min 35) & Juan Muñoz.

Juvenil A: José A. Suárez, S. Palencia, Roger, X. Quintillà, Fran Álvarez (Julen, min 60), Juan Antonio, Kaptoum (Aitor, min 83), A. Corredera (Enguene, min 46), Ebwelle, Joel (Maxi, min 60) & Moha

Goals: 1-0 (Abel Moreno, min. 42), 2-0 (Juan Muñoz, min. 60), 2-1 (Juan Antonio, min. 66), 3-1 (Juan Muñoz, min. 88)

Referee: Luis Mario Milla


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