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Suarez secures Barca's 4th Copa del Rey trophy on the bounce

Copa Del Rey By: Ambrose Udeme | 21/04/2018

Barcelona became just the third team to win four consecutive Copas after Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao following a comfortable 5-0 win over Sevilla in a Copa del Rey final at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday with Luis Suarez scoring twice and Lionel Messi marking a new Copa milestone.

Suarez turned home Philippe Coutinho's cross from close range to put Barcelona ahead following a sweet long ball to the Brazilian from keeper Jasper Cillessen.

Messi sets new Copa del Rey record

Lionel Messi became the second player to ever score in five Copa del Rey finals when he slammed from a Jordi Alba backheel to double the Catalans' lead.

Suarez then benefited from a Messi first time pass to run in on goal and slip the ball past the keeper for his second of the night and put Barca in firm control at halftime.

Andres Iniesta

After the break, outgoing Andres Iniesta 100% put the game beyond Sevilla when he latched on to a Messi pass, stepped around the goalkeeper before tapping the ball home. Coutinho who provided the opener closed proceedings from the spot after Suarez flicked the ball onto Clement Lenglet's hands in Sevilla's area.

Barcelona are now one win away from securing a third domestic double in four seasons if they beat Deportivo La Coruna next weekend.

SETTING THE SCENE

Barca had no injuries or suspensions, so Ernesto Valverde went with his usual 4-4-2 formation, with Philippe Coutinho preferred on the right wing.

A fully-fit Barcelona line-up was without Ousmane Dembele for the Copa del Rey Final against Sevilla as club captain Andres Iniesta's may have played his last cup final for the Catalans.

Iniesta was also in what many Spanish sports papers reported could be his last Final in a Blaugrana jersey, before heading to China.

Sevilla also had a full-strength squad, although Vincenzo Montella still cannot call on Kjaer in central defence due to a hamstring problem.

Both sides met in La Liga less than a month ago, when Barca came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

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