Danish striker Martin Braithwaite scored the decisive goal at the start of extra time after Osman Dembele put Barcelona the lead after 12 minutes and Gerrard Pique equalized on aggregate at the end of stoppage time moments after Fernando was sent off the Seville player.
Barcelona will play Levante or Athletic Bilbao in the final round in Seville on April 17th, as the Catalan team will seek to extend its record by winning the title for the thirty-first time.
Barcelona player Jordi Alba said, “We have not felt this much happiness for a long time, it is a magical night,” and continued, “It is disappointing that the fans are not there to watch it. We performed an amazing performance and were confident that we could qualify, but we only scored (the equalizer in the overall score) in the last minute. I am proud of this team. We have a lot to develop, but if we fight like we did, things will be much easier. ”
Barcelona won 2 – 0 in the Seville stadium in the league to advance to second place, and its coach Ronald Koeman was taken out to confirm that his team had the opportunity to return to the Cup race.
But the arrest of former club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Monday cast a shadow over the team’s preparations.
Police raided the club’s offices in investigations into the club’s mismanagement and corruption. Elections will be held to choose a new club president on Sunday as Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Tony Fricha compete and were present to watch the match.
Koeman described that night as his best since he took charge of the team last August and is focused on winning his first title with Barcelona as a coach after his success as a player under Johan Cruyff.
“We have taken a big step towards winning an important title,” he said. We had to perform perfectly and that is what we did. Our attempts continued until the last minute. We were lucky, but we believed in ourselves and deserved this victory. ”