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Holders Barcelona thump Sevilla to reach Copa del Rey semis

Barcelona wiped out a 2-0 first-leg deficit in the first half at the Camp Nou, before finally winning the tie handsomely in the second 45.

Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (L) celebrates with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi after scoring during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) quarter-final second leg football match between Barcelona and Sev

Barcelona 6-1 Sevilla (6-3 on agg): as it happened

Barcelona vs Sevilla: preview

Barcelona, winners of the Copa del Rey in each of the last four seasons, face a battle to stay in this year's competition when they host Sevilla in the Catalan capital tonight (21:30 CET).

Holders out to avoid first Copa exit since 2014

The Blaugrana go into the sides' quarter-final second leg trailing 2-0 from last week's opener at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, and are in grave danger of suffering their first Copa elimination since losing the final to Real Madrid in April 2014.

Coach Ernesto Valverde left key figures Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez out of his team in Seville, and the quartet are in line to return this evening as Barça bid to reach the semi-finals of the Copa for the ninth successive season.

Barcelona must end 53-year hoodoo to progress

Meanwhile, Sevilla go to Catalonia without a win at the Camp Nou since knocking Barça out of the cup in 2010, but can take heart from the fact that six of their last nine results at the ground - most recently a 4-2 LaLiga defeat in October - would still be enough to send them through.

What's more, only once in their history - against Real Mallorca way back in 1966 - have Barcelona recovered from a 2-0 first-leg deficit against a fellow Primera División side and qualified for the next round of the domestic cup.

The winners of this tie will join Valencia, Real Betis/Espanyol and Girona/Real Madrid in the draw for the last four, which is to take place on Friday at 13:30 CET.


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