With enough suffering, Barcelona beat Linares Deportivo, from the Third Division, 2-1 for the 16th. final of the Copa del Rey. Xavi Hernández’s team had the official debut of Dani Alves, although he lost the entered Frenkie de Jong due to injury in an alternative line-up.
Barcelona lost it with Hugo Díaz’s goal, but in the complement appeared Ousmane Dembélé, in conflict with the leaders while trying to reach an agreement with his renewal, and Ferrán Jutglà to turn the scoreboard. Yes, the kids not only saved Xavi’s potatoes, but also prevented an early elimination, or rather, a real bummer.
Just two minutes before the Jutglà celebration came the controversy of the match, when the referee annulled a goal to Linares for an alleged offside (they obstructed the vision of goalkeeper Neto) at the Municipal Stadium of Linarejos, where the local also had a shot on the stick by Cristian Carracedo.
Dani Alves, today a multi-functional player thus considered by Xavi, already played last December 14 against Boca for the Maradona Cup, a friendly trophy played in Saudi Arabia that Xeneize won in the penalty shootout.
The return of the 38-year-old Brazilian full-back was announced by Barcelona last November. Since then, the player has worked alongside his teammates, but it was only today that he was authorized to play officially for the culé team.
(Source: TyC Sports)