Dembele strike sends Barcelona into Copa semis


Ousmane Dembele‘s second-half strike gave Barcelona a 1-0 win over 10-man Actual Sociedad of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday, stretching their unbeaten streak to 12 video games.

Actual Sociedad got here into the match on the again of 9 consecutive wins in all competitions and nearly scored within the twenty ninth minute when Japanese teenager Take Kubo’s strike hit the bar.

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However their hopes of inflicting a shock defeat on Barca on the Camp Nou had been hit when ahead Brais Mendez was proven a straight pink card within the fortieth minute for a wild problem on Sergio Busquets.

Barcelona had been the higher aspect for many of the match after that however solely scored as soon as due to a superb counter-attack by man-of-the-match Dembele within the 52nd minute.

The electrical winger ran by means of the precise channel after receiving a superbly positioned lengthy cross from his France workforce mate Jules Kounde and lashed a robust right-footed strike into the highest nook.

Sociedad ought to have equalised seven minutes later however Alexander Sorloth missed a sitter, skying a shot from contained in the six-yard field from a Kubo cross.

After Gavi volleyed in opposition to the crossbar from an excellent cross by Dembele within the 68th minute, Actual made a late push and will have scored on not less than three events, with Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen making a string of saves to safe the win.

“It was a struggle for us after they were one-man down because they closed down well and defended relentlessly,” Barca defender Ronald Araujo instructed Movistar Plus.

“I’m sure [coach] Xavi will give us a slap on the wrist, we probably should have closed out the game earlier. Now we need to correct the mistakes and move forward. I’m happy because we won at home and we continue on a good run.”

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