Espanyol stuns Bara 1-0 in Copa quarters

Lawrence Cooper
January 19, 2018

Eight minutes into the half, Sergio Busquets tried his luck from distance but Diego Lopez was equal to the midfielder's effort. From there, the game went in a direction we didn't want and we complicated things. "This is my first goal with Espanyol and as a professional".

It was a rare miss for Messi, who is having a stellar season and is the Spanish league's top scorer with 17 goals.

Ernesto Valverde has said that there is not one specific moment that has been his best experience as the Barcelona manager since taking over the reigns at the Camp Nou in July, claiming that he hopes "the best is yet to come". "We were playing too defensively".

They must now overturn the deficit at the Nou Camp on January 25 to progress to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey. "From the first minute, we will press high, we will try to create a lot of chances and hopefully the home support drives us on".

Costa put Atletico ahead in the 73rd minute only for goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya to inexplicably push a speculative cross that deflected off defender Lucas Hernandez into his own net.

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"It was an open match, but they capitalized on their chances", Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.

Sevilla is enduring a five-game winless streak in La Liga but had won both games against second-division Cadiz in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.

Police said the 22-year-old man was attacked near a subway station where fans arrive for matches at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

However, it was Espanyol who bagged the game's only goal in the 88th minute courtesy of a strike from Melendo, 1-0.

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