Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Sevilla Threaten Withdrawal From Spanish Cup Over Eligibility Rule

Sevilla Threaten Withdrawal From Spanish Cup Over Eligibility Rule

A Sevilla club statement read: "Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF's statement 24 hours before the Super Cup".

Suarez had a golden chance to level the scores late in the first period when he found space inside the box, but the Uruguay global missed the far post as Sevilla kept their one-goal lead in tact.

That set the stage for French star Dembele to take the headlines in the Sevilla vs Barcelona game with a 78th minute screamer from 25 yards and again Messi played a crucial role with the key pass.

The Barcelona equaliser did arrive before the break, however, with Pique converting from close range after Messi's free kick had come back off the post and hit Vaclik before dropping into a risky position.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was full of praise for Ousmane Dembele after his wonder-goal saw his side lift the Supercopa de Espana against Sevilla.

"We have placed lots of hope (in Dembele)", Valverde said.

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According to reports in Spain, Barcelona's decision to omit Malcom is in response to Sevilla threatening to quit the Spanish Super Cup if Barca named more than three non-European Union players for the match.

However, Sevilla squandered a golden chance to send the match into extra-time when Wissam Ben Yedder missed a last-minute penalty.

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal debuted for Barcelona as a late substitute.

Messi has won nine leagues with Barca, four Champions Leagues, six Copa del Reys, eight Spanish Super Cups, three European Super Cups and three Club World Cups.

The match takes place tonight at 9pm in Tangier, Morocco, with this year's competition the first time the cup will be decided by a one-off tie as opposed to a two-legged affair.

Gerard Pique levelled for Barca shortly before halftime by pouncing on the rebound after Lionel Messi's free kick had ricocheted off the post, while Sevilla's Franco Vazquez glanced a header off the crossbar in the second half in Tangier, Morocco.

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