Suarez double sends Barcelona past Real, into Copa del Rey final

first_imgSuarez would have had a hat-trick had Raphael Varane not beaten him on the line to Ousmane Dembele’s cross, Varane’s own-goal coming between the Uruguayan’s smart finish and a mischeivously chipped penalty.By then, Barca were coasting and after thrashing Madrid 5-1 at the Camp Nou in October, they will return for Saturday’s La Liga game boasting an accumulative score of 9-2 from the clubs’ three meetings this season.But this was not the humiliation of four months ago and if the result can be put to one side, Santiago Solari might take heart from the handful of golden opportunities his team wasted before their opponents began their spree.Vinicius Junior was most guilty, the 18-year-old showing his both his talent and youth in equal measure. Gareth Bale, left on the bench again, might have wondered what he would have done with some of the chances that went begging.There was a scattering of whistles for Bale when he came on with just over 20 minutes left but there was little he could do about Barcelona quickly extending their lead from one goal to three.For Ernesto Valverde’s side, an historic fifth consecutive Copa del Rey triumph is now within reach, with either Valencia or Real Betis awaiting them in the final on May 25.After beating Sevilla 4-2 on Sunday, the Catalans appear to have rediscovered their groove.The first half was a scrap, full of heavy touches and lunging challenges with a handful of chances to counter-attack squandered by loose passes.Ivan Rakitic plunged into Casemiro and Toni Kroos charged into Lionel Messi. Vinicius offered the best moments down the left, terrorising Barca’s backline but failing to find a finishing touch.He wanted a penalty for a clumsy challenge by Nelson Semedo but the contact was probably not enough, and then three chances were passed up.First, he fired over after his opponents backed off and then was sent clear through a gap vacated by Gerard Pique, who had lost the ball upfield.A heavy touch took Vincius wide and while he squared for Karim Benzema, Marc-Andre ter Stegen made the block with his foot. Soon after, he shot high again from six yards, before beckoning the groaning crowd by swinging his arms.Barca should have capitalised on a wayward Sergio Reguilon backpass but otherwise they, and Lionel Messi, were a little flat, lacking either the precision or spark to create a clear chance.Then, with their first one they scored. Dembele made it, drifting Dani Carvajal one way before darting the other and pulling the ball back for Suarez to squeeze inside the near post.Madrid came again. Reguilon’s header drew another excellent save from Ter Stegen and Vinicius left three Barca defenders sprawled on the floor but could not complete a mesmeric run with a finish.Bale came on but it was Barcelona that scored, twice in four minutes. Dembele again skipped in behind and passed to Suarez at the backpost, although it was Varane that got the final touch.Then Casemiro planted a clumsy foot on Suarez’s ankle and the referee pointed to the spot. Messi deferred to Suarez, perhaps thinking he was on a hat-trick, and the Uruguayan coolly chipped the penalty into the corner.There was still time for Bale to break free but he curled his shot well wide. It was last of too many chances spurned.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Man of the moment: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez celebrates with Ousmane Dembele© AFP JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Feb 27 – Luis Suarez scored twice on Wednesday as Barcelona inflicted another defeat on Real Madrid to move within touching distance of winning a record fifth consecutive Copa del Rey.Madrid were the better side for at least half of a wild Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu but three goals conceded in 28 chaotic, second-half minutes sent Barca through to the final with a 3-0 victory, 4-1 on aggregate.last_img read more


first_imgA young Donegal girl with a rare illness has stood alone for the first time in her life thanks to her big-hearted neighbours and friends.Little Sarah McFeeley, 3, was born with a rare form of cerebral palsy called Dyskininetic CP which meant even the simple things in life proved impossible for her. But her mum and dad Ray McFeeley and Bronagh Colhoun decided they had to give their daughter every chance for a normal life.So they decided to launch a fund-raising campaign to send her to the famous Peto Institute in Hungary.The institute deals specifically with people with cerebral palsy and helps them through a special programme called Conductive Education.The community in her hometown of Letterkenny and across Donegal got behind the campaign to raise the €6,000 needed for treatment. The campaign involved everything from sponsored tattoos to beard-shaves to marathons.While in Budapest Sarah even managed to stand alone by herself for an entire 15 seconds – something she had never done before.Now Sarah has just returned from having her treatment at the centre in Budapest and dad Ray said she is ready to take on the world!Ray said the sessions, often up to three times a day, were very tough on little Sarah and on himself and mum Bronagh.“Both ourselves and Sarah have learned so much and we are going to put it to good use.“It was tough on her at times and you just wanted it to stop but we knew we had to continue on for her sake. “Even when we arrived they put her in a chair and I thought she was going to fall out but she held on. They knew exactly what they were doing.“It was worth every penny going there and we are so grateful to all the people of Donegal who helped in any way to raise the money to get Sarah there,” he said.Ray says he knows it’s going to be a long road but they are just so happy that Sarah has now been given a chance at a more normal life.“It’s going to take a lot of work but the quality of Sarah’s life is going to be so much better after going to the Peto Institute. “There are no miracle cures or anything like that but they do teach us ways of making Sarah’s quality of life so much better in ways we could never have imagined,” said Ray.SARAH STARTS HER NEW LIFE AFTER MIRACLE TREATMENT was last modified: June 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bronagh ColhounPeto InstituteRay McFeeleySarah McFeeleylast_img read more