There were worrying signs for Barcelona. Javier Mascherano was sent off, Luis Suarez forced to depart through injury and Sevilla were putting up a serious fight. But up stepped the man who has saved them so many times before. Two magical moments from Lionel Messi won the Copa del Rey for the Catalan club.
Mascherano saw red for pulling down Kevin Gameiro in the 36th minute. The French forward was through on goal and the Argentine was the last defender. It was the right decision, despite protests from Barca fans inside the stadium.
And when Suarez limped off with a hamstring strain in the second half, it seemed that the deck was stacked against the Catalans. The Uruguayan, after all, had been the team’s most in-form player in recent weeks, scoring 14 in Barca’s last five Liga games.
With Suarez sidelined and Neymar not exactly firing on all cylinders, Barca were lacking inspiration at that point. But Gerard Pique in defence stopped almost everything, Andres Iniesta was wonderful in midfield and, of course, there was Messi.
The Argentine was not having his best game by any means, but he can always produce the spark to decide a match at any moment. And that was exactly what happened as the game went into extra time.
Sevilla would not have wanted an additional 30 minutes after their Europa League exertions on Wednesday when they beat Liverpool in Basel. And with their best player Ever Banega sent off right at the end in what seems certain to be his last contribution in a Sevilla shirt before moving to Inter in the summer, things became even more difficult.
There was no a sense that the momentum had swung back in Barca’s favour. The fans found their voices, the players pushed, Sevilla sat back – and up popped Messi. The Argentine lofted a glorious pass into the path of Jordi Alba in the area in the first period of extra time and the left-back finished with a single touch. Unai Emery’s side, so solid for so long, had been completely carved open in an instant.
That is what Messi can do and with the game approaching its finale and Sevilla now down to nine following Daniel Carrico’s criminal challenge on the Argentine, he did it again. This time, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner waited on the edge of the box with the ball at his feet as he sensed an opening. And he picked it perfectly, rolling a beautiful ball through to Neymar for the Brazilian to make it 2-0.
He hadn’t scored but he didn’t need to. Those two moments of magic pulled Barca through a tough test in a thrilling and tense cup final that sees the Catalans follow up last season’s treble triumph with a Liga and Copa double this time around.
It has not been an easy end to the season for Barca. Luis Enrique’s men made hard work of La Liga after losing three consecutive games in April and also saw their Champions League hopes ended by Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
But back at the same stadium on Sunday, it was a much happier outcome this time. Having held on to claim the title in the Primera Division, Barca conclude the campaign with a domestic double and four trophies in total, having won the Club World Cup in December and previously – and curiously – started the season with an extra-time triumph against Sevilla in the Uefa Super Cup.
So it all ended where it had begun – with another trophy against Sevilla. As much as anything, though, it was Barca’s mentality on the night – and the wonder of Messi – that pulled them through this test. They made it over the line with a limp, but will need a deeper and stronger squad next term to avoid a repeat of recent fatigue.
And if not, there’s always Messi. The Argentine attacker has dug his side out of a hole on so many occasions before and he did it once again to claim the Copa on Sunday. His two moments of genius ensured double delight for Barca and seven trophies in just two seasons for Luis Enrique is a measure of the sustained success at Camp Nou.
Such is that success, in fact, that some have claimed that a double is somewhat underwhelming for Barca – especially if Real Madrid go on to win the Champions League next weekend. But that is merely a mark of what the Blaugrana expect these days and whatever happens in Milan on May 28, this has been another super season for the Catalans.
The Messi era lives on.
Monkeypox Spreads To Two More Countries After Cases Double In UK
As the global outbreak of monkeypox continues, two more countries have confirmed cases.
Previous cases outside of Africa have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, and elsewhere in recent weeks.
While the UK Health Security Agency announced that the number of cases in the country has risen to 20, Germany and Belgium have both confirmed the presence of the smallpox-like disease.
The medical service of Germany’s armed forces confirmed finding a single case of the “virus beyond doubt for the first time in Germany on May 19 in a patient with characteristic skin lesions.”
Belgian health officials confirmed two cases of the viral disease.
According to a Flemish broadcaster, both were discovered in men who had attended the same party.
Spanish health officials confirmed 14 new cases earlier today, bringing the total to 21, mostly in and around Madrid.
Another 20 cases are suspected, 19 in Madrid’s central region and one in the Canary Islands.
Italy has also confirmed two new infections, bringing the country’s total to three.
Smallpox vaccine is being offered to UK health workers who have been exposed to the virus.
Namibian School Warns Parents Of ‘Demonic’ Webpage Indoctrinating Children
A Namibian school has issued a warning to parents about a “demonic” website that they claim is indoctrinating children into committing evil acts.
The state-owned Grootfontein Secondary School warned parents in a letter dated 16 May 2022 to be aware of the web pages “Chucky’s Cheese Restaurant” and “FNAF – Five Nights at Freddy” to ensure that their children are not exposed to them.
Mr Botma, the school’s principal, stated that the authorities noticed some of the students acting strangely and out of character.
Botma stated that the children in question were exposed to the Chucky’s Cheese Restaurant website.
The letter read;
16 May 2022
RE: CHUCK’S CHEESE & FNAF
It is with great concern that we bring the following to your attention. We have noticed that some of our learners are acting strangely and out of character.
We learned that some of them came into contact with a terrible webpage called: Chucky’s Cheese Restaurant.
Here children interact with a demonic doll. At first, it is very entertaining and friendly, but after a while, the doll indoctrinates them, dares them and threatens them if they do not do certain things.
Daring them includes: strangle a friend, kill a teacher, burn your house, etc.
Chucky Cheese Restaurant was recently replaced by FNAF- Five Nights at Freddy, which is even worse.
These sites are already active in Namibia.
We urge you to please control what your child is watching on your phone, their own phone, tablets, laptops, etc.
We, as parents, are thinking they are playing an innocent game, but it is NOT. They are dared to even kill.
Please also inform your friends and other family members of this. Please contact our school Counselor with any enquiries or comments. tours faithfully.
Kwaku Bonsam ‘Curses’ President Akufo-Addo, This Is What He Said
Nana Kwaku Bonsam, a celebrity fetish priest, has expressed Ghanaians’ collective frustration with President Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to him, President Akufo-Addo will go to hell for deceiving Ghanaians and failing the people.
Nana Kwaku Bonsam said on Angel FM, where he pronounced the curses, that Akufo-Addo has failed to deliver on his promises to Ghanaians and is thus a sure candidate for Hell.
“You mentioned that we have the money yet are hungry. But now that you’ve joined the government, we’re even more hungry. We can’t afford to live comfortably, and our girlfriends are deserting us because we can’t afford to keep up,” he explained.
“The bible talks about lies, and the President lied, thus he will go to hell,” the fetish priest believes the President’s lies will send him to hell.
Nana Kwaku Bonsam expressed concern that Ghanaians were living in abject poverty, which had been exacerbated by poor governance and economic hardship.
As a result, he has placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of President Akufo-Addo, who he claims has failed to capitalize on the country’s resources in order to push Ghana to become a prosperous nation.
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