Messi second player to score in five Copa finals

Ruben Holloway
April 22, 2018

Luis Suarez netted twice in the first half, Lionel Messi grabbed his 40th of the season and Philippe Coutinho marked his first final for the club with a successful penalty, but it was a rare strike from Iniesta which drew the broadest smiles in a one-sided romp at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Estadio Wanda Metropolitano played host to a piece of history as the 30-year-old equalled a record that had stood for 68 years.

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta takes a bow with the Copa del Rey trophy handed to him by Spain's King Felipe VI (above center).

Even a clean sweep of the domestic trophies, perhaps polished by La Liga's first-ever unbeaten season, will not eradicate the lingering disappointment from Barca's Champions League exit to Roma.

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There were jeers by part of the Barcelona crowd when the national anthem was played, but the boos were largely subdued by the reaction of the numerous Sevilla fans in the crowd.

Philippe Coutinho set up Suarez for the opening goal in the 14th minute and Barcelona dominated the rest of the game. But it was Jasper Cillessen's incredible pre-assist to Coutinho which made the goal look easy.

Suarez scored again before halftime with a low shot after picking up a great throughball by Messi and fending off a defender while entering the area.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that Andres Iniesta has received an offer to leave the club amid speculation he will move to the Chinese Super League at the end of the season.

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The holders quickly found their stride and went close to breaking the deadlock on seven minutes with a free-kick from Messi that was expertly saved by David Soria to his left. The Brazilian playmaker entered the box free from markers before making a pass back to Suarez, who just tapped the ball in.

Sevilla were stunned and resorted to shots from distance towards the end of the game as Barca took their foot off the gas. The only other team to do it was Real Madrid from 1905-08.

This was the sixth time Iniesta has lifted the Copa del Rey, along with eight La Liga titles, which will become nine if Barcelona do the Double by earning three more points from their last five games. Sevilla lies seventh, the final spot guaranteeing a Europa League berth next season.

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