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Unionistas vs Barcelona: FC Barcelona Advances in Copa del Rey Despite Early Setback and Xavi’s Lineup Surprise

Unionistas vs Barcelona: FC Barcelona Advances in Copa del Rey Despite Early Setback and Xavi's Lineup Surprise

FC Barcelona secured a spot in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory over Unionistas de Salamanca, overcoming an early scare. Despite Unionistas taking the lead, goals from Ferran Torres, Jules Kounde, and Alejandro Balde ensured Barça’s progression in the competition.

The match posed a significant challenge for Barcelona, especially with lower-league opponents Unionistas putting up a tough fight. Unionistas, who had previously eliminated Villarreal in the round of 32, took the lead with a stunning volley from Álvaro Gómez.

Barça responded with a well-taken goal from Ferran Torres, capitalizing on defensive lapses from Unionistas. The second half saw Jules Kounde’s majestic curling shot from outside the box, giving Barcelona the lead for the first time. Alejandro Balde added to the tally with a powerful solo run and finish, securing a two-goal cushion.

Despite Unionistas’ efforts to stage a comeback, including impressive saves from Barça’s goalkeeper Iñaki Peña, the game ultimately favored Barcelona. The victory comes at a crucial time for head coach Xavi Hernandez, who faced pressure after Barça’s recent 4-1 loss to Real Madrid in El Clasico.

In a surprising move, Xavi fielded a second-string lineup due to injuries and suspensions, with Marc Guiu leading the attack alongside Joao Felix and Ferran Torres.

The win in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals is a significant step for FC Barcelona, providing a positive response amid challenges and boosting their chances of silverware this season.

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