Barcelona beat in-form Real Sociedad at the Spotify Camp Nou
the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
The Catalan outfit are the most successful side in the history of the competition,
having lifted the trophy on 31 occasions, and they won the contest courtesy of a
second-half effort from Ousmane Dembele.
Barcelona had a half-chance in the ninth minute when Dembele picked out Robert
Lewandowski with a clever pass, but the Poland international’s goal-bound effort was
The home side then had the ball in the back of the Real Sociedad net in the 11th
minute, but the effort was chalked off, as Frenkie de Jong was in an offside position,
with a strike from Lewandowski hitting the Dutchman before dropping past the away
side’s goalkeeper Alex Remiro.
Dembele was causing problems with his pace and movement, and the Frenchman
bent one just wide of the away side’s goal in the 17th minute after driving to the edge
of the penalty box.
De Jong then poked a cross from Dembele wide of the Real Sociedad post in the 20th
minute, with the home side in control of the contest.
The visitors came close to registering on the 30-minute mark, though, with Takefusa
Kubo crashing an effort off the crossbar after being found by Pablo Marin in a
Real Sociedad were reduced to 10 men late in the first period, with Brais Mendez
shown a red card for standing on the leg of Sergio Busquets in what was a rash
Jules Kounde then curled one wide of the away side’s goal late in the first period, with
the two teams entering the half-time interval all square after a half that was
dominated by Barcelona.
Xavi’s side managed to make the breakthrough in the 52nd minute, though, with
Dembele collecting a pass from Kounde before finding the back of the net with a
powerful effort; Real Sociedad goalkeeper Remiro got a touch on the ball at the near
post but was unable to keep it out.
Alexander Sorloth should have levelled for the visitors on the hour, but the forward
somehow put his effort over the crossbar after smart work from Kubo.
Gavi then hit the woodwork for Barcelona after collecting a pass from the impressive
Real Sociedad had two opportunities to level late on, but Robert Navarro saw his
effort saved by Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, before the German kept out
a strike from Jon Ander Olasagasti, with the home side advancing to the final four.
Next up for Barcelona is a trip to Girona in La Liga on Saturday, while Real Sociedad
will be bidding to return to winning ways when they head to Real Madrid on Sunday.