Luis Suarez was once again the hero and villain for Luis Enrique’s side on Wednesday as the defending champions Barcelona achieved another Copa del Rey final spot after a soul-stirring 1-1 draw in the second leg with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.

 The 30-year-old was sent off after elbowing Atletico midfielder Koke in the 90th minute despite scoring the opening goal in the first half.

“I laughed at my expulsion, it is something that you could see coming,” Suarez told Gol.

The Uruguay striker, who is always surrounded by controversies, tapped in from close range after Atleti keeper Moya blocked a solo run and shot inspired by Lionel Messi.

Simeone’s men failed to capitalize on their chances despite dominating the first half at Nou Camp.

Striker Kevin Gameiro blazed a penalty over the bar in the 80th minute of the game.

French midfielder Antoine Griezmann assisted him after 3 minutes when he lashed a right footed shot from the centre of the box to make it 1-1.

Barca midfielder Sergi Roberto and Atleti’s Yannick Carrasco were also dismissed after their respective second bookings.

The result ensured Barca’s birth in the final as they will be looking to become the first team to win the Copa del Rey three times in a row since 1953.

The Catalan giants will meet either Alaves or Celta Vigo in the final.

First Published | 8 February 2017 9:17 AM
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