Barca advance in Copa del Rey


Madrid, Jan 22: OusmaneDembele scored early in extra time after missing a penalty late in regula-tion as Barcelona defeated third-di-vision dub Cornella 24) in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. 

Martin Braithwaite also scored Thursday for Barcelona, which had already seen Miralem Pjanic miss a penalty in the first half. In the Spanish league, this Suarez scored twice as leader Atletico Madrid came from behind to de-feat Eibar 2-1 and open a seven-point gap to second-place Real Madrid. Barcelona avoided an upset in the Copa del Rey a day afterMadridlost 2-1 to third-division club Alcoyano in extra time.

 Atletico had already been stunned by Cornella in the second round. Barcelona advanced despite play-ing without Lionel Messi, who was suspended for two matches after hitting an opponent away from the ball in the team’s 2-31oss to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup fmal Sunday.

 Dembele scored with a right-foot shot from outside the area two min-utes into extra time. He had his 80th-minute penalty saved by Cornella goalkeeper Ramon Juan Ramirez, who also stopped Pjanic’s spot-kick just before halftime. Barcelona controlled possession but struggled to capitalize on its many scoring chances on the arti-ficial turf at the small Cornelia stadium in Catalonia.

 The hosts threatened a few times on coun-terattacks. Cornella went a man down when Albert Estelles was sent off with a second yellow card in the final min-utes. Braithwaite’s goal came on a breakaway just before the final whistle. 

Martin Braithwaite celebrates his goal with Pedri, Thursday Suarez saves Atletico Suarez scored a goal in each half after Eibar had taken the lead with a penalty converted by goal-keeper Marko Dmitrovic in the 12th minute.

 Suarez equalised in the 40th with a low cross shot from close range after the Eibar defense failed to clear the ball from inside its area The Uruguay striker netted the winner by con-verting an 89th-minute penalty after he was fouled inside the area.

 It was the sixth league win in a row for Atletico, which still has a game in hand compared to Real Madrid and third-place Barcelona, which is 10 points off the lead. Eibar, winless in three matches in all competitions, was in 15th place, two points from safety.

 Lackluster show In a match between dubs fight-ing against relegation, Valencia was held to a 1-1 draw against Osasuna. Jonathan Called put the visitors ahead with a volley in the 42nd and Valencia equalised with an own goal by Osasuna defender Unai Garcia in the 69th. Winless in 13 consecutive league games, Osasuna stayed second-to-last in the 20-team standings. Valencia was 14th, three points from the relegation zone. 

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