After the clash, the Barça players hugged and celebrated, they also made a scrum to the chagrin of Sevilla, who days before raised the tension by calling Koeman a cry (it was the sports director Monchi) and Pedri (Suso on Twitter). Lopetegui, for his part, at the end of the duel did not shake hands with Koeman, who got tired of waiting for him in the technical area while the Sevilla coach protested to the referees. But it would be useless because Barcelona achieved the comeback and will be on April 17 in La Cartuja (Seville) against Athletic or Levante.
“I am very proud of the way we have played, with the pressure from all over the field and the whole game, with the chances … Incredible. We have shown what has been done in recent weeks ”, expressed Koeman with a smile from ear to ear after 22 shots from his team (for six by Sevilla ) and more than twice as many passes as his rival; “We have always believed in coming back and winning. We have improved our mentality and as a coach I cannot ask for more ”. Or maybe it was because he got a good compliment from Jordi Alba: ”Ronald has clear ideas, he has gone head-to-head and has done a magnificent job. We have no doubts about him. ”
Barcelona Ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet, Piqué, Óscar Mingueza (Júnior Firpo, min. 77), Frenkie De Jong, Alba, Busquets (Moriba Kourouma, min. 77), Pedri (Braithwaite, min. 77) . 88), Sergiño Dest (Griezmann, min. 62), Ousmane Dembélé (Trincão, min. 88) and MessiSevillaVaclik, Diego Carlos, Marcos Acuña (Rekik, min. 53), Aleix Vidal (Jesús Navas, min. 53), Jules Koundé, Fernando, Óliver Torres (Lucas Ocampos, min. 61), Joan Jordán (Munir, min. 105), Luuk de Jong (Rakitic, min. 53), Youssef En-Nesyri and Suso (Alejandro Gómez, min. 78 ) Goals1-0 min. 11: Ousmane Dembélé. 2-0 min. 93: I hammered. 3-0 min. 94: Braithwaite Yellow cards Fernando (min. 36), Óscar Mingueza (min. 66), Messi (min. 72), Joan Jordán (min. 99), Jules Koundé (min. 100), Youssef En-Nesyri (min. 102) and Trincão (min. 118) Red cards Fernando (min. 91) and Luuk de Jong (min. 102)
For Lopetegui it was the opposite, annoyed with the referee's criteria for not showing the second card to Mingueza and for not pointing out a possible penalty by the hands of Lenglet. “You judge the referee because if I do I can be sanctioned. But I do believe that there is a clear chance of scoring and it requires a yellow. And Lenglet's, well I've seen it too, but they haven't. It touches swallowing poison. I can say little more ”. Rakitic added: “There have been small decisions that have gone against us. Those details have marked the game. What about Lenglet? If it's hand, it's hand. No matter the intention. We are not very clear about the criteria and it is a shame that the team is punished like this ”, the ex-Barcelona player resolved.
Happiness ran through Barça's veins. “I hadn't been so happy for a long time. It has been a magical night and it is a pity that the fans cannot be with us, "said Alba, one of those who animated the improvised party in the dressing room, where they gave hugs as heartfelt as the one that Koeman gave Messi after the match and then to Piqué, hero of the night when he got the extra time on the horn. Nothing unusual, in any case, for this Barcelona, which in this Cup has signed 9 of the 12 goals from the 88th minute, because against Cornellà , Granada and Sevilla it reached extra time. "Gerard has shown that he is one of the leaders," Koeman said. “The other day I scored against Granada and this time it was Geri. Those goals give you a very high morale boost. We have proven to be a pineapple ”, agreed Alba. "Piqué's goal is crazy, the euphoria was unleashed," added Pedri.
The other hero was Ter Stegen, who saved an Ocampos penalty with 1-0, the first of 11 maximum penalties that the Argentine failed with the Sevilla shirt. "He is a great pitcher", defined Ter Stegen; "But it went well this time." This is how Koeman saw it: “It was a very important moment and Marc is good at saving penalties. If they had tied us, it would have been almost impossible to come back ”. But the German focused on what is to come as he does when he makes a mistake under the sticks: “Let's live in the moment because we are getting into a super important final. Now, to lower this a bit … And to transfer it to the League. ”
Barcelona will play the ninth final of the last 11 disputed. "This is a dream," Pedri explained. And Alba concluded: "We have shown that if we compete like this, it will be difficult to win."