Suarez's Copa hopes hit after Cup final injury

Madrid • Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is a doubt for next month's Copa America after hobbling off in tears midway through the Copa del Rey final win over Sevilla on Sunday with a muscle injury.

The Uruguayan was injured in an ill-tempered final which saw three players sent off as goals in extra time from Jordi Alba and Neymar handed Barca a 2-0 win and a 28th Cup triumph.

"Now we have to wait for the tests tomorrow," Suarez, who was crying on the bench after his substitution, posted on his official Twitter account.

"I hope it is nothing and I can be with my national team next week. Thank you for the support."

This was Barca's fourth trophy of the season, having also won the European Super Cup in August and the Club World Cup in December.


Luis Suarez pulled up with a muscle injury before leaving the field in tears on Sunday. But there was joy for his team, Barcelona, who beat Sevilla 2-0 to lift the Copa del Rey, their fourth trophy of the season. PHOTO: REUTERS

But it was far from a typical performance by the Catalans, who struggled against their opponents' pressing game.

The La Liga champions had Javier Mascherano sent off in the 36th minute but kept the game scoreless before Sevilla had Ever Banega dismissed in added time at the end of the 90 minutes.

In between, 59-goal top scorer Suarez limped off just before the hour mark.

With both teams down to 10 men, Barcelona began to take control in the extra period and left-back Alba burst down the wing to score in the 97th minute after a superb chip from Lionel Messi.

Sevilla were then reduced to nine men when defender Daniel Carrico was sent off for dissent late on and Neymar doubled Barcelona's lead after also being set up by Messi.

Barca captain and Man of the Match Andres Iniesta said the triumph sealed a great season for the club despite some suggesting their Champions League elimination, and thus failure to repeat the treble of 2015-16, spoilt the campaign.

"It was a nice final, intense and exciting," he said. "It was a last push for the club to complete a magnificent season. All finals are hard, but this was great, both we and Sevilla played well."

Sevilla were looking for a double of their own after winning a third consecutive Europa League but the midweek exertions robbed his side of the energy needed to make their numerical advantage count, said coach Unai Emery.

"We lacked freshness. If we had have been fresher, we would have been able to create more chances. Barca didn't have many opportunities, but they were efficient."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2016, with the headline 'Suarez's Copa hopes hit after Cup final injury'. Print Edition | Subscribe