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Barca claim Spanish double with King's Cup

  • Barca claim Spanish double with King's Cup

    MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 22: Barcelona players celebrate after beating Sevilla 2-0 in extra time in the Copa del Rey Final between Barcelona and Sevilla at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 22, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Barcelona retained the King's Cup with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla to complete a domestic double thanks to extra-time goals by Jordi Alba and Neymar at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Luis Enrique's La Liga champions had Javier Mascherano sent off in the 36th minute but kept the score at 0-0 before Sevilla had Ever Banega dismissed in added time at the end of 90 minutes.

With both teams down to 10 men, Barcelona began to take control in the extra period and left back Alba burst down the wing to score in the 97th after a superb chip from Lionel Messi.

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Sevilla were then reduced to nine players when defender Daniel Carrico was sent off for dissent late on and Neymar doubled Barcelona's lead after also being set up by Messi.

It was the 28th time Barca had won the trophy but they had to battle as Unai Emery's side, who won the Europa League for the third time in a row last week, piled on the pressure.

"It was difficult, especially playing for so long with 10 men against a side like Sevilla," Alba told Spanish television.

"I'm happy to have scored and done the double."

Barca captain and man of the match Andres Iniesta said the triumph sealed a great season for the club despite some suggesting their Champions League elimination, and thus failure to repeat the treble of 2015-16, spoiled the campaign.

The game's dynamic changed drastically when Kevin Gameiro, whose pace troubled Barca all night, was brought down when Mascherano grabbed his shirt on the edge of the box.

Referee Carlos del Cerro Grande sent the Argentine off and Sevilla began to take control.

Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen tipped Banega's free kick over the bar and then watched the midfielder's next effort hit the inside of the post.

Barca top scorer Luis Suarez limped off injured just before the hour mark, with the Uruguayan crying on the bench.

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