Oriol Soldevila, a former La Masia youth player, scored a fantastic hat-trick for the underdogs from Alicante to force extra time until Ansu Fati’s deflected goal ended the match.
In a thrilling 4-3 victory over third-tier Intercity in the Spanish Cup round of 32 on Wednesday, Ansu Fati snatched an extra-time winner for Barcelona. Oriol Soldevila, a former La Masia young player who scored a fantastic hat-trick to force extra time, nearly humiliated Barcelona for the underdogs from Alicante, but Fati’s deflected goal won it for them. After only four minutes, Ronald Araujo scored from a corner kick by teenager Pablo Torre, giving the impression that Barca would easily advance to the round of 16.
The Uruguayan defender made an energetic recovery from the thigh injury that prevented him from making his country’s World Cup starting lineup. He also cleared an attempt off the line.
Before Intercity scored a shocking equaliser, the visitors’ Ferran Torres and Ousmane Dembele missed chances. Instead, Soldevila scored from close range after the ball was nodded into his path from a corner.
When Dembele was let through in the 66th minute, he produced a wonderful chip to give Barcelona the lead once more.
Raphinha scored on Jordi Alba’s low cross to give Barcelona the advantage again after Intercity had once more tied the score thanks to Soldevila’s excellent header that beat Inaki Pena.
However, after a slip-up by Marcos Alonso to force extra time, Soldevila accomplished a spectacular hat-trick against his former team.
In the 104th minute, Barcelona’s substitute Fati gave them the lead with a deflected goal that looped in after coming close at the beginning of the extra period.
Araujo claimed to Movistar that “the cup’s power” was to blame.
We can learn from it because we are aware that the cup is made this way.
Elsewhere Atletico Madrid defeated Real Oviedo 2-0 thanks to goals from Marcos Llorente and the gifted youngster Pablo Barrios, and Sevilla also triumphed handily.
Jorge Sampaoli’s team, which is having trouble in La Liga, destroyed Linares 5-0, with Moroccan World Cup hero Youssef En-Nesyri scoring three goals in a row.
Sampaoli was dismissed for dissent early in the first half by Mateu Lahoz, who also made headlines for his contentious officiating in Barcelona’s La Liga match against Espanyol on Saturday.
Alaves in the second division defeated Real Valladolid of La Liga 1-0 despite facing an uphill battle after having Zouhair Feddal sent off in the first half.
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Real Mallorca defeated Pontevedra 2-0 in extra time, while Real Sociedad advanced to the round of 16 with a 1-0 victory at UD Logrones.