Barça match 103-year-old Copa record in Sevilla mauling
Not since 1905 has a Copa del Rey final ended 5-0, when Athletic defeated Espanyol. The last five-goal margin came in 1980, when Real Madrid beat Castilla 6-1.
Barcelona’s 5-0 hammering of Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final matched a record that had stood for 103 years.
On May 2, 1915, Athletic hit five past Espanyol in the final in Irun, with the great Rafael “Pichichi” Moreno, whose name adorns the trophy awarded to the Liga top scorer each year, helped himself to a hat-trick with Felix Zubizarreta y Germán Echebarría completing the rout.
The last time there was a five-goal margin in a Copa final was on June 4, 1980, when Real Madrid bizarrely faced off against their own reserve side, Castilla, in the Bernabéu.
The game ended 6-1 to the senior team, Juanito (2), Santillana, Andrés Sabido, Vicente del Bosque and Francisco García Hernández ruthlessly finishing off Castilla. Ricardo Alvárez scored the consolation. It would not be until 10 years later, in the 1990-91 season, that reserve sides would be banned from taking part in the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona records keep rolling in the Copa
Barça also added another couple of records to their Copa laurels in the Metropolitano, becoming the third side to win the competition four times in a row after Real Madrid (1905-1908) and Athletic Bilbao (1930-1933).
Leo Messi also wrote his name into the tournament’s history books as he matched the feat of another legendary Athletic striker, Telmo Zarra, by scoring in five Copa del Rey finals.