Copa del Rey soccer: Griezmann scores twice, Barcelona survives underdog Ibiza

Antoine Griezmann’s two targets helped FC Barcelona survive underdog Ibiza inside the spherical of 32 on the Copa del Rey soccer match.

The French forward scored the 72nd-minute equalizer sooner than netting the game-winner in stoppage time of the 2-1 triumph Wednesday in Ibiza, Spain.

“I think it was a team effort in the end,” Griezmann instructed “We found it difficult at the start. In the first half, we didn’t have a shot on target … I think we were better in the second half and showed more conviction and desire and turned it around.”

Pep Caballe put Ibiza ahead with a score inside the ninth minute. Ibiza midfielder J.P. Mateo dribbled down the left flank sooner than discovering the striker inside the discipline by way of the sequence. Cabelle accomplished the play with a one-touch shot into the lower correct nook of the net, beating Barcelona keeper Neto for first blood.

Ibiza carried the unlikely lead into halftime sooner than Barcelona rallied to avoid an upset.

Frenkie de Jong sparked the equalizer by dribbling up the middle of the sector sooner than placing a precise grounded transfer ahead for Griezmann. The Barcelona striker held off a defender sooner than working into the sphere and slicing a shot into the near-post netting alongside together with his left boot.

Griezmann returned to the net inside the 94th minute. Jordi Alba had the ball about 50 yards from the target firstly of that scoring sequence. The Barcelona star grounded a protracted ball up the left flank, sending Griezmann in the direction of the nook flag. Greizmann grabbed the transfer sooner than using his left boot to ship a shot into the far-post netting, beating Ibiza keeper German for the decisive score.

“These things will happen to us,” Barcelona supervisor Quique Setien acknowledged. “You can’t win a game in 60 minutes. Having so much of the ball takes it [energy] out of your opponents, then they left space and we took advantage of that.”

Barcelona battles Valencia in La Liga play at 10 a.m. EST Saturday at Mestallla Stadium in Valencia, Spain.

“I’m really happy because we never gave up and we kept on trying,” Setien acknowledged. “We knew as the game went on, we would have more chances. That’s what happened.”

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