Xavi fumes after an extra time against Intercity

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Xavi Hernandez was not happy with his players for not taking their chances as it took Barcelona extra minutes to qualify for the next round in the Copa Del Rey.

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez fumed at his player after it took the team an extra minute to defeat Intercity in the Copa Del Rey.

The Spanish La Liga side scored first in the early minutes of the game but the game was prolonged to an extra time.

Former Barcelona junior Oriol Soldevila scored a hat trick against his old club but still ended on the losing side.

InterCity came from behind three times to force extra time after a 3-3 draw at the end of 90 minutes.

Barcelona Ansu Fati netted a 103rd-minute winner in Alicante to put Barca in the round of 16.

“We can’t be happy but these things can happen in the Copa,” Barca manager Xavi Hernandez said after the match. “Seven top flight teams have been knocked out. We did not kill the game off when we were in front. We could have made it 0-2, 2-4, but we made things difficult for ourselves. We were not good enough in both boxes.

“It’s the same feeling we had after the Espanyol game [on Saturday]. That was a warning and this is another one.”

The game was played not long after Spain’s administrative court for sports upheld a three-game suspension for Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski in the Spanish league, taking him out of the league match against Atletico Madrid on Sunday. He had not been in the squad for the Copa match against Intercity.

The suspension had been lifted by a court of disputes after an appeal by Barcelona. The Poland striker had been allowed to play in last weekend’s 1-1 league draw against Espanyol, which later challenged the result of the derby saying it was harmed by the unexpected decision by the Madrid court to temporarily lift the suspension.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Real Betis had not played until this round because they are part of the Spanish Super Cup that will begin next week.

 

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