Madrid: Lionel Messi and Luiz Suarez inspired Barcelona to what will surely be the first part of a domestic double this season as they thrashed Sevilla 5-0 Saturday to win the Copa del Rey.
Messi had scored once and Suarez twice before even the half-time whistle had blown at the Wanda Metropolitano, with the sublime Andreas Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho later compounding Sevilla’s humiliation.
Barca’s exhilarating display earns them their 30th triumph in this competition and fourth in a row, having reached that final in each of the last five years.
Despite this win, the real celebration will be next week Sunday when victory over Deportivo La Coruna will confirm Ernesto Valverde ’s side as La Liga champions too.
Even a clean sweep of the domestic trophies, perhaps polished by La Liga’s first-ever unbeaten season, will not eradicate the lingering disappointment from Barca’s Champions League exit to Roma.
But this performance, as easy on the eye as it was emphatic, will certainly serve as counter-point to those that believe Valverde’s team have been efficient, rather than exciting this season.
Messi was, of course, superb again on Saturday but this was not a one-man show, as Suarez scored his 31st and 32 goals of the season while Iniesta delivered one of those effortless displays.
At a later stage of the match Coutinho converted his penalty in the 69th minute, Barca were simply sharing goals around.
The final score was a 5-0 win by Barcelona.