Copa del Rey

Lionel Messi: Player Rating and performance v Sevilla

The Argentine wasn't quite at his influential best but still managed to shine as Barca progressed to the Copa del Rey final.

 
11:54pm on Wednesday 3rd March 2021
By
David Lynch

Barcelona claimed a place in the Copa del Rey final as they beat Sevilla 3-0 in a dramatic semi-final second leg tie.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Ronald Koeman's side halved the deficit early on at Camp Nou as Ousmane Dembele netted with just 12 minutes gone.

But they were forced to wait until the fourth minute of injury time to draw level, Gerard Pique coming up with the all-important goal.

Sevilla had lost Fernando Reges to a second yellow card moments earlier, and the 10 men were unable to prevent Martin Braithwaite from completing the turnaround five minutes into extra time to keep Barca's trophy hopes alive.

That is particularly significant for Lionel Messi, who is considering his future ahead of the expiry of his contract this summer.

Take a detailed look at how the Argentine performed on a thrilling evening for him and his teammates below.

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stats/2308639">Barcelona v Sevilla: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

📷 Lionel Messi: Match Snapshot

Unusually, Messi played no part in any of Barcelona's three goals as they produced a memorable comeback.

It was Dembele who got the ball rolling with a brilliant strike from distance early on, while Antoine Griezmann was responsible for the cross that Pique headed home.

And Jordi Alba set up the third with another pinpoint cross that Braithwaite met with a powerful header.

〽️ Lionel Messi: Rating Week-on-Week

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Messi grabbed a goal and an assist in a 2-0 La Liga win over the same opposition last time out to earn a 9.5 FC Rating.

But, while he was clearly less effective here, the Barca No.10 still earned a match-high 8 FC Rating, which was only matched by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who saved a penalty.

🗝️ Key Stats

Messi match stats

StatisticValueNotes
FC Rating8.0Rank =#1
Mins Played120
Goals0
Assists0
Shots7Rank #1
Shots on target1
Pass completion87%
Completed dribbles11Rank #1

Messi: What Next?

Barcelona now quickly turn their attentions back to a faltering league title challenge, with a trip to Osasuna awaiting on Saturday.

The Catalans must take advantage of the two Madrid clubs facing off this weekend; anything less than all three points will surely end their hopes.

Barcelona v Sevilla: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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