Barca miss 2 penalties but advance in Copa
MADRID (AP) :
Ousmane Dembele scored early in extra time after missing a penalty late in regulation as Barcelona defeated third-division club Cornella 2-0 in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey yesterday.
Martin Braithwaite also scored for Barcelona, which had already seen Miralem Pjanic miss a penalty in the first half.
In the Spanish league, Luis Suarez scored twice as leader Atletico Madrid came from behind to defeat Eibar 2-1 and open a seven-point gap to second-place Real Madrid.
Barcelona avoided an upset in the Copa del Rey a day after Madrid lost 2-1 to third-division club Alcoyano in extra time. Atletico had already been stunned by Cornella in the second round.
Barcelona advanced despite playing without Lionel Messi, who was suspended for two matches after hitting an opponent away from the ball in the team's 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday.
Dembele scored with a right-foot shot from outside the area two minutes into extra time. He had his 80th-minute penalty saved by Cornella goalkeeper Ramon Juan Ramirez, who also stopped Pjanic's spot kick just before halftime.
Barcelona controlled possession but struggled to capitalise on its many scoring chances on the artificial turf at the small Cornella stadium in Catalonia. The hosts threatened a few times on counter-attacks.
Cornella went a man down when Albert Estelles was sent off with a second yellow card in the final minutes.
Braithwaite's goal came on a breakaway just before the final whistle.