Sevilla set up Copa del Rey final with Barca

Sevilla will face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final after beating Celta Vigo 6-2 on aggregate with the second leg finishing 2-2 at Estadio Balaidos on Thursday evening.

•    Celta Vigo 2-2 (2-6) Sevilla
•    Aspas brace gives Celta hope
•    Benega puts tie beyond doubt
•    Guidetti misses penalty
•    Konoplyanka gets late equaliser

Match Summary
Celta Vigo were looking for a miracle to advance to the Copa del Rey final following their first-leg loss, but they gave their fans real hope as Iago Aspas scored either time of half-time to reduce the deficit to two goals.

However, Ever Banega put Sevilla back in command with fine strike and John Guidetti’s missed penalty put matters out of reach for the hosts.

Yevhen Konoplyanka finished things off three minutes before the end with an easy effort from close range.

Full Report
Sevilla started the game with one foot already in the final after they secured a convincing 4-0 victory in the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and they were set up to play mostly on the counter-attack during the first half, leaving Celta with all the possession.

Goalscoring opportunities were few and far between in the first 30 minutes, but the hosts did eventually create a good chance and it led to a goal for Aspas 10 minutes before the half-time whistle.

After breaking up a dangerous Sevilla move, the hosts went on the counter and with goalkeeper Sergio Rico failing to cut out a searching ball from Fabian Orellana, Aspas found himself sliding in at the far post.

Vicente Iborra had a couple of half chances to level things up on the night at the end of the first half, but he sent two headers wide.

There was real belief in the stands at Balaidos 10 minutes into the second half when Aspas, who had a goal ruled out for off-side in the 50th minute, again found the back of the net, striking home after a rebound off keeper Rico fell straight to him.

Two minutes later and Ever Banega all but ended Celta’s hopes of a miracle as his unleased an unstoppable right-footed shot from the edge of the area that found the bottom left corner.

Celta were nearly back in dreamland two minutes later as Rico fouled John Guidetti in the area after the striker was set free by Orellana, but unfortunately for the fans the Sweden striker’s penalty hit the right post and went wide.

Konoplyanka finished the job for Sevilla in the 87th minute as he found himself in some space in the Celta penalty area and the smashed home from close range.

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