The News
Capital Coahuila
Capital Querétaro
Capital Edo. de Méx.
Capital México
Capital Mujer
Reporte Índigo
Estadio Deportes
The News
Efekto
Green TV
Revista Cambio
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV

Suárez Hero and Villain as Barça Reach Cup Final

Barça, the 28-times winners, will meet either Alavés or Celta Vigo in the final in May, seeking a third successive Cup triumph under coach Luis Enrique
By The News · 07 of February 2017 16:19:15
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring their first goal, Football Soccer - Barcelona v Atletico Madrid- Spanish King's Cup Semi-final second leg - Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona, Spain - 07/02/17 Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring their first goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea, photo: Reuters/Albert Gea

BARCELONA – Luis Suárez scored and was sent off as holders Barcelona reached a fourth successive King’s Cup final after drawing 1-1 with a resilient Atlético Madrid in an action-packed semi-final second leg on Tuesday.

Suárez was one of three players dismissed and will now miss the final after Barcelona edged through 3-2 on aggregate.

The Uruguayan tapped in from close range in the 43rd minute after an inspired run and shot from Lionel Messi to deliver a sucker punch to Atlético, who had dominated the first half at the Nou Camp but failed to take their chances.

Kevin Gameiro blazed a penalty over the bar with 10 minutes remaining but the French striker still made for a tense finale by tapping in an Antoine Griezmann cross moments later.

Barca defender Sergi Roberto will also be suspended for the final after being sent off for a second booking in the second half and Atletico winger Yannick Carrasco was dismissed as well for a second yellow card.

Suárez was then sent off in the 90th minute for an elbow on Atletico defender Luis Hernández.

Atlético had five minutes of stoppage time to snatch a winner and force extra time, but Barça withstood the pressure.

Barça, the 28-times winners, will meet either Alavés or Celta Vigo in the final in May, seeking a third successive Cup triumph under coach Luis Enrique.

RICHARD MARTIN