Espanyol hand Barcelona first defeat of the season



*Atletico Madrid additionally shocked by Sevilla

Barcelona lose to Espanyol in Copa del rey

Espanyol struck within the dying moments to consign Barcelona to their first defeat since August final 12 months. Earlier, Lionel Messi had missed a penalty.

The 1-Zero loss by the Spanish giants occurred within the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Oscar Melendo slotted dwelling a neat end with two minutes remaining of a temperamental derby cup tie, racing onto Marc Navarro’s low cross to punish Messi for lacking a 62nd-minute penalty and ship the house crowd into raptures.

Messi: misses penalty

“We knew this day would come, we tried to delay it as much as possible but it couldn’t be today,” mentioned Sergio Busquets after the match.

“The good thing is that we have the second leg to try to mount a comeback. We are lucky to have that game at home, and we will have to win whatever happens.”

In a match of few probabilities Barca’s penalty, which got here after a foul on Sergi Roberto, seemed to be the decisive second for the away aspect, however Espanyol keeper Diego Lopez dived beautifully to his left to push Messi’s highly effective shot extensive.

Navarro then got here near giving the hosts the lead within the 83rd minute with a dipping free-kick that compelled a wonderful save from Jasper Cillessen, earlier than 5 minutes later establishing the objective that gave Espanyol their first win over Barcelona in almost 9 years.

“This victory is important for the history of the club and to break down all those walls,” mentioned Espanyol coach Quique Sanchez Flores.

“It was telling how long ago it had been since we’d won against Barcelona, now the counter is back zero and we’re immensely happy about that.”

Diego Costa’s third objective in 4 matches wasn’t sufficient for Atletico Madrid as Sevilla twice scored late to stun their hosts 2-1 within the first leg on the Wanda Metropolitano.

Costa struck for dominant Atletico on his first look since being despatched off for wildly celebrating his final objective, in a 2-Zero league win in opposition to Getafe, this one an excellent first-time shot previous Sevilla keeper Sergio Rico after the ball ricocheted to him within the 73rd minute.

However Sevilla grabbed a vastly lucky and barely deserved equaliser seven minutes later when a speculative cross deflected off Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez and was then inexplicably pushed into his personal web by keeper Miguel Angel Moya.

New Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella sealed his third win since arriving in Spain — all of coming them within the cup — with a significantly better objective two minutes from time, Joaquin Correa racing on to Wissam Ben Yedder’s knock-on and tucking a wonderful end previous Moya.

Valencia got here near being shocked at their Mestalla stadium by Alaves, who’re languishing in 17th place in La Liga and are simply two factors above the relegation zone, however Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo scored in 9 second-half minutes to overturn Ruben Sobrino’s 66th-minute opener for the away aspect.

Struggling Real Madrid and their under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane journey to Leganes on Thursday hoping to banish all discuss of a disaster on the home and European champions after the weekend’s shock dwelling defeat to Villarreal.