Barcelona cruised to their fourth consecutive Copa del Rey title on Saturday evening as they beat Sevilla 5-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Ernesto Valverde’s men are halfway to a domestic double – also sitting 12 points clear at the top of the La Liga table – and Luis Suarez opened the scoring 14 minutes into the game before Lionel Messi added the second 15 minutes later. Suarez (40) scored another just before the break, with Andres Iniesta (52) making it four seven minutes after the restart before Philippe Coutinho rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot in the 69th minute.
Sevilla offered little in reply as Barcelona lifted the Copa del Rey trophy once again, becoming the first team to win it four times in a row since 1933 when Athletic Bilbao achieved the same feat.
Barcelona: Cillessen (8), Roberto (7), Pique (7), Umtiti (7), Alba (7), Busquets (7), Rakitic (7), A. Iniesta (8), Coutinho (7), Messi (8), L Suarez (8).
Subs used: Paulinho (5), Dembele (n/a), D Suarez (n/a).
Man of the match: Iniesta
It took just 14 minutes for Barcelona to take the lead and it was a simple goal as Jasper Cillessen lofted a superb long ball down the field which picked out Coutinho. He drove towards goal before lifting the ball over the oncoming David Soria at the near post and allowing the waiting Suarez to tap home.
This victory helped ease the pain of losing to Roma in the Champions League in astonishing circumstances. Barca conceded a 4-1 first leg quarter-final lead as they lost the second leg 3-0 in Italy.
Yet there was never any doubt they would blow this game once Suarez made it 1-0 from inside the six-yard area. Valverde’s side turned on the style on the way to the club’s 30th Copa del Rey triumph.