Barcelona in the first knockout round of the King’s Cup at the start of Alves’ return

The champion Barcelona in charge qualified for the round of 16 of the Spanish Cup after beating his host Linares Deportivo 2-1 on Wednesday in third division, in a match that saw the return of the Brazilian Dani Alves playing his first game.

The club Catalan was delayed by a header from Hugo Diaz on 19 minutes, before reversing the situation within 6 minutes thanks to goals from French substitute Othman Dembele (63) and Ferran Gutgla (69).

Linares Deportivo nearly equalized in the 75th minute, but the crossbar missed Cristian Carracedo’s shot.

Coach Xavi Hernandez has dismissed 38-year-old Brazilian veteran Alves as a key player in midfield in his first official match with his former team since his return in Catalonia almost two months ago.

Barcelona, ​​fifth in La Liga, and burdened with Corona injuries in their ranks, received two painful blows, with Uruguayan defender Ronald Araujo injuring his arm and replacing him at halftime, and the Dutch Frankie de Jong in the 29th minute after entering in field from the bench.

Unlike Barcelona, ​​its historical rivals, leaders Real Madrid, did not suffer to beat Alquiano of the third division 3-1 and qualify for the next round, to avenge last season’s defeat in the same round. .

He scored for the Brazilian Royal Club Eder Militao (39), Marco Asensio (76), goalkeeper Jose Juan, an own goal (78) and for the underdog, Daniel Vega Centas (66).

In other games, Real Mallorca beat Eibar 2-1 and Real Sociedad beat Leganes 3-2, while Valencia beat second division Cartagena 2-1 and Celta Vigo lost 1-2 to l ‘Atletico Baleares of the third division.

Real Betis also beat Valladolid 3-0 and Rayo Vaiacano beat Mirandes from the second division 1-0.

Barcelona’s other city mogul Espanyol barely booked his ticket for the same round by beating Serie B Ponferadina on penalties 3-1 after drawing 1-1 in regulation and extra time on Tuesday.

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