Lionel Messi in heated row with Sevilla chiefs after Barcelona victory | Football | Sport


Lionel Messi reportedly got into a heated row with Sevilla Pepe Castro and sporting director Monchi after Barcelona produced a stunning comeback in the Copa del Rey last night. Sevilla headed to the Nou Camp with a 2-0 lead from the first leg.

Ousmane Dembele got the hosts off to a dream start when he netted inside 12 minutes.

However, it was not until the fourth minute of stoppage time in the second half that Gerard Pique scored a dramatic equaliser.

Fernando was sent off two minutes earlier for Sevilla and the 10-men had a daunting task as the match headed into extra-time.

Martin Braithwaite struck the winner before Luuk de Jong was dismissed for the visitors, compounding their woes.

Barcelona players celebrated wildly on the pitch as they booked their place in the Copa del Rey final.

As the stars made their way back down the tunnel they were confronted by angry Sevilla chiefs, according to El Golazo de Gol.

“You always win the same,” snapped Castro and Monchi, with an insult direct towards Messi.

The Argentine is said to have bit back with “You always win the same” as tempers flared.

Tension was already high between the two clubs because Monchi called Barca manager Ronald Koeman a “crybaby” during their first leg at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.


Meanwhile, Koeman hailed Pique after his goal kept the tie alive.

“Gerard has shown a great game today and that he is one of the leaders of the team,” the Dutchman said.

“He has defended very well. He is doing very well up front and has been a great centre.

“He has scored at a very important moment. The team has been phenomenal, it is not It is only fair to single out one player. The whole team is to be proud of.”

He added: “There are always moments when you think on the contrary, how they are going to come.

“We repeated the system because we played a great game there on Saturday, we didn’t make changes.

“We tried to push like on Saturday and I think the team was phenomenal.

“I think the first thing is that the team deserves it. For their work, their honesty. We have improved many things without the ball.

“We are much more aggressive. I am proud. It is an important moment for the team and for me too.

“If you win, you are very good and if you lose you are very bad. So … we know.”

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