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Ibiza 1-2 Barcelona: 2019/20 Copa del Rey third round

Ibiza 1-2 Barcelona: 2019/20 Copa del Rey third round

Ibiza 1-2 Barcelona: as it happened


Peeep peeep peeep! Barcelona have well and truly got away with it.

Quique Setién's side were poor at Estadi Can Misses and, for the vast majority of this third-round tie, were outplayed by Ibiza. However, two very fine finishes from Antoine Griezmann, the second in added time, ensured they squeaked past their third-tier hosts and avoided what would have been their most ignominious night in the Copa del Rey since a 2004 defeat to lowly Gramenet.

Either way, Ibiza will take huge credit for their fearless and punchy performance, while Setién will be left with scant cause for satisfaction. Barça may have once again dominated possession in the new boss' second game in charge, but - albeit they were missing regulars, not least Lionel Messi -  they were directionless and toothless against what was lower-league opposition.

And one thing's for sure: this single-match format does wonders for the excitement of the cup. Thanks for reading!


Goooal! Griezmann has won it!

Jordi Alba advances down the left before slipping through a lovely ball that gets Griezmann scampering in behind the Ibiza defence, and the Frenchman's angled finish flies across Parreño and into the far corner!

You lucky, lucky fellows.


Fati is then booked for a fairly reckless tackle on Grima.


Again Fati gets to the byline, but he is muscled out of it by Grima and, despite the youngster's appeals for a penalty, referee González Fuertes is unmoved.


De Jong has the chance to clip a free-kick into the box from the right-hand channel, but his delivery is poor.

Barça come back at Ibiza, but Fati can only twist and turn on the byline before sending a cross straight at a light blue shirt.


Six minutes of time added on at Can Misses.


Ooh, Ibiza could have done better with that opening! Raí lifts the ball over the Barcelona backline and into the run of Mendoza, who is in yards of space on the right-hand side of the box. He tries to turn it back towards Carbià in the middle, but finds a Blaugrana shirt instead, and the hosts have to settle for a corner.

From the corner, Gonzalo has an eminently presentable headed chance - but can't direct it goalwards.


Ibiza make their third and final substitution, Fran Carbià coming on for Caballé.


Semedo slips Fati into space to drive into the box and to the byline on the right, but Grima is there quickly to get the ball behind for a corner, which comes to nought.

Lenglet and Grima then get themselves involved in a mild spat over nothing in particular, and it is quickly diffused.


Sibo is booked for catching Lenglet, before Parreño has to look alive to scamper out of his goal and thud the ball clear with Alba haring after it.


Barcelona make their final substitution, replacing Rakitic with Arturo Vidal. He is the sort of chap I could readily see coming up with a goal in a situation like this.


We've also got live coverage of Real Madrid's Copa del Rey trip to face Unionistas Salamanca, which kicks off in 20 minutes' time. You can follow the build-up to that clash with Robbie right here.


The recently-introduced Mendoza is booked for catching Junior Firpo in an aerial challenge. Firpo is in need of a bit of medical attention, but looks like he'll be OK.


Ibiza make another change, taking off Javi Lara for Kwasi Sibo. Lara gets a well deserved ovation from the home support.


I have a couple of substitutions to tell you about, by the way. Arthur Melo came on for Puig just before Barcelona's equaliser, while Ibiza reacted to that goal by replacing Rodado with Diego Mendoza.


Goal! Griezmann! Barcelona have been dreadful tonight, but they carve out a fine goal to equalise at Can Misses. De Jong strides forward and clips an inch-perfect through ball into the run of Griezmann behind the defence, and the Frenchman finishes first time past Parreño.


Oooh, but there's an opening! Fati gets to the byline and zips a ball across goal, and if anyone gets a touch it's a goal - but no-one does.


Barcelona, winners of four of the last five Copas del Rey, have 20 minutes to save themselves from their worst defeat in the tournament in 16 years.


Barcelona just don't seem to have any ideas. Finally they get Rakitic into shooting space 30 yards or so out... and the Croat trundles a tame effort into the arms of Ibiza goalkeeper Germán Parreño.

That, by my count, was their first shot on target tonight.


Ibiza win a free-kick on the left. Lara delivers high towards the back post, but Gonzalo's run isn't quite timed right, and he can't direct his header goalwards. Barcelona look very vulnerable at the back.


That's a little more like it from Barcelona... in the sense that they seemed to remember which direction the goal is, at least. Griezmann clips a ball into Fati's forward run into the box, but from a tight angle he can't steer the ball on target.


Kike López gets the first yellow card of the night after pulling back De Jong.


Rakitic sends the free-kick into the wall.


Barcelona make their first change, Jordi Alba replacing Carles Pérez. Four full-backs on the field for Barça now.


Semedo spins away from his man on the right and feeds Rakitic, whose attempted backheel to Roberto is cut out.

Moments later, Fati is brought down by Gonzalo, and Barcelona have the opportunity to create something from a set piece.


Kike López dispossess Ansu Fati and looks to have the chance to but the after-burners on down the right wing... but he is penalised for a foul. Ibiza just won't let Barcelona settle, though. Can they keep it up for the full 90?


It seemed a moment ago that Ter Stegen was almost certainly coming on, but Neto looks to be trying to soldier on for now.


The throw-in is delivered long into the Barcelona box, and when it is cleared only as far as Fran Grima, the defender thrashes a shot towards goal which, thankfully for the visitors, can't beat the crowd of players in front of him.

Grima and Neto then collide after going up together for a high ball and both need attention. Marc-André ter Stegen is warming up over on the touchline; the Brazilian looks in some discomfort.


Barça pop it about before Roberto and Neto get themselves in a smidge of a tangle and almost allow Raí to nip in and steal a bouncing ball.

Ibiza just look more up for it. Back they come at the visitors, winning a corner which, though cleared, leads to a throw-in to the hosts.

Peeep! We're back up and running at Can Misses. Slightly surprisingly, I'd say, Barcelona appear to have made no half-time changes.


Peep peep peeep!

Ibiza lead at half time, and fully deserve to. Barcelona have passed themselves to death and achieved absolutely naff all in the process. They haven't had a single shot on target.

If something doesn't change in the second half, Barça could not only be on the end of a giant-killing; it could be by a greater margin than they're currently trailing by, too.

A scratchy win over Granada and defeat to a third-tier team would constitute a rather less than glorious start to Quique Setién's tenure.


"Still, what about those possession stats, eh?"


Setién is going to make half-time subs, I reckons.


It should be 2-0! But twice Ibiza are denied!

First, Lara drills the ball into the box to Raí, who leaves De Jong utterly for dead before thumping it against the far post, with Neto beaten all ends up.

Rodado then collects the rebound and thrashes it back towards the Barça goal, but Neto beats it away!

This 1-0 scoreline is starting to flatter Barça.

Right now, they look like they could play for 25 years and 22 days without scoring.


Barcelona play it from side to side for what feels like an age, before finally making a forward pass. Pérez tries to evade the attentions of two defenders on the Ibiza touchline, but is run out of it. Good harrying from the hosts.


Ansu Fati fails to bring a dropping ball under control at the back of the box, forcing Firpo to hoof it out for a throw-in to Ibiza.

Rodado takes long, and, with Ibiza players queuing up in the box, the ball somehow evades every one of them and bounces out of the area at the other side!

You'd have expected a Barcelona reaction to the goal, but there hasn't been one. The home side look more likely to double their lead.


Ibiza win a dangerous free-kick on the left after Lenglet is penalised for catching Rodado with a flailing elbow. The TV cameras cut to a very concerned-looking Quique Setién over on the Barcelona bench.

Javi Lara shoots... but drags his set-piece effort into the side-netting.


Barça huff and puff, but succeed only in passing their way to precisely nowhere. The Ibiza defence looks in absolute control right now.


If a first goal for Ibiza put the cat among the pigeons, a second would have added lions and tigers into the mix, too.

Looking at a replay of that Javi Pérez goal, it takes a fair old deflection off another light blue shirt. Seems to be being given to Pérez, though.


Goooa... no! Rodado wins the challenge with Lenglet and, with only Neto to beat, clips the ball into the net from an angle - but, as he wheels away to celebrate Ibiza's second, the referee's whistle goes and the forward is penalised for a shove.


Puig clips the ball to the back of the box, where Fati tries to volley it into the middle for Griezmann to get on the end of it, but Ibiza clear.

82.5% possession for Barcelona so far, but there's only one that counts...


Ibiza have, quite understandably, got their tails up. With the decibels rising among the home support, Pep Caballé scampers at the Barcelona's back-pedalling backline on the right, but Junior finally gets a toe in and the chance is lost.


Well that sets things up nicely.


Gooooal! Ibiza take the lead! Well that sets the cat among the pigeons!

In what is the hosts' first forward foray of note, Raí Nascimento drives to the left byline and cuts it back to the penalty spot, where Javi Pérez sidefoots a perfectly-placed finish into the far corner!


Ibiza coach Pablo Alfaro and Barça boss Quique Setién played together at Racing Santander in the 1990s, our Spanish commentary team note. I failed to spot that in my pre-match prep, I must humbly confess.

It remains all Barcelona ball, but to little effect thus far. Ansu Fati looks to cut inside into a shooting position on the edge of the box, but is run out of it by a gaggle of light blue shirts.


Fati is brought down by Miguel Núñez on the left, giving Barcelona a chance to flight the ball into the box. Ivan Rakitic delivers, and when it's headed away Riqui Puig's shot from range is blocked.


It's been pretty much solely Barcelona ball thus far, but scarecely at all in the Ibiza half. As the line-up suggested, it is three at the back, with Clément Lenglet - the visitors' only recognised centre-half - flanked by Sergi Roberto and Junior Firpo in the defensive three.

Peeeeep! Señor González Fuertes blows his whistle and we're underway!


Out come the teams at Estadi Can Misses, where Sergi Roberto is wearing the captain's armband for the visitors.

Our match referee is Pablo González Fuertes.


Barcelona out to avoid repeat of previous upsets

In a not altogether surprising turn of events, the bookmakers are jolly confident of even a weakened Barcelona coming through this tie. But the Blaugrana do have a little bit of form for coming unstuck on the road against lower-league cup opposition...

You've just got time pre-match to read our look back at when Barça were on the receiving end of giant-killing acts.

Ibiza vs Barcelona: how and where to watch?

Should you be wondering how and where you can tune in to tonight's Copa del Rey clash in Ibiza, incidentally, you may wish to take a look at our useful lowdown on just that subject.

Icey(ish) Ibiza

"You'd be hard pushed to find a Barcelona player who doesn't know Ibiza pretty well," noted our Spanish colleague Santi Jiménez in his match preview for AS, "but they may be rather less familiar with the conditions they're going to be met with tonight."  In wholly un-Ibiza-esque fashion, it's cold, grey, damp and windy over there right now.


Ex-Barça player in the home dugout

Alfaro is actually a former Barcelona player, by the way, having spent a season at the Camp Nou in 1992/93.

In a playing career that also saw him play for the likes of Atlético Madrid and Sevilla,the former defender collected a not unimpressive 18 red cards in LaLiga, leaving him behind only Sergio Ramos - the Real Madrid skipper has 20 and counting - in the Spanish league's all-time hall of shame.

One change for hosts Ibiza

Ibiza coach Pablo Alfaro makes just the one change to the team that started the 1-0 weekend win over Rayo Majadahonda, a result that left them third in Segunda B Group I, just two points off leaders Atlético Madrid B.

Javi Lara, a man who played in LaLiga for Eibar in 2014/15, the Basques' first season in the Spanish top flight, replaces Kwasi Sibo.

Ibiza team news

Starting line-up: Germán Parreño, Kike López, Gonzalo de la Fuente, Mariano Gómez, Fran Grima, Miguel Núñez, Javi Pérez, Javi Lara, Pep Caballé, Ángel Rodado, Raí Nascimento

Substitutes: Lucas, Quintanilla, Arranz, Sibo, Carbia, Cirio, Diego

Ibiza papers

"A date with history"

We're still waiting for confirmation of the hosts' starting line-up in Ibiza, where the local newspapers are unsurprisingly excited about tonight's meeting with Barcelona.

"A historic game", was the headline in today's Diario de Ibiza, while, in a similar vein, Periódico de Ibiza described the clash as "a date with history".


Seven changes for Barcelona

Setién makes no fewer than seven changes to the side that started the victory over Granada, as Neto, Nélson Semedo, Clément Lenglet, Junior Firpo, Frenkie de Jong, Riqui Puig and Carles Pérez all come into an XI that looks like it'll line up in a 3-4-3.

Puig gets his first start of the season after a lively appearance off the bench against Granada, while De Jong is back from the suspension he served at the weekend.

Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and, probably most disappointingly of all for the locals, Lionel Messi did not travel to Ibiza.

Barcelona team news

Starting line-up: Neto, Semedo, Lenglet, Junior, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, De Jong, Riqui Puig, Carles Pérez, Griezmann, Ansu Fati


Setién rings the changes for Ibiza clash

Having begun his Barça reign with 1,005 passes and one, winning goal by Lionel Messi against 10-man Granada on Sunday, Blaugrana head coach Quique Setién now takes a much-changed side to Estadi Can Misses...


Welcome to our live coverage of Barcelona's Copa del Rey trip to the Balearic Islands, as Quique Setién's men kick off their cup campaign with a third-round clash at Segunda División B side UD Ibiza.

Kick-off is at 19:00 CET, so just about an hour's time.


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