On red alert this evening, Barcelona traveled to nearby UD Cornella. Fresh from their loss at the hands of Athletic Bilbao in the Supercopa de Espana, they were bent on not making another upset. Their caution was, of course, heightened by the fact that Real Madrid had been dumped last night by third-tier and ten-man Alcoyano out of the Copa del Rey, and that their evening hosts, Cornella, had in the previous round knocked out La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona missed Lionel Messi through suspension and Sergino Dest through injury but began with several main figures, including Antoine Griezmann. Unsurprisingly, they dominated the early exchanges but struggled to find a way to break down their third-tier opposition.
A chance arose when Ronald Araujo was fouled in the box and in the 39th minute a penalty was awarded, only for Miralem Pjanic to see his effort saved by the goalkeeper, low and to the left.
In the 80th minute, Ousmane Dembele repeated the trick, stepping up after being fouled by Clement Lenglet. His effort was worse than that of the poor Pjanic, and right down the center. For the third time in just over a week, Barcelona will be going for extra time.
However, Dembele made up for his mistake, just two minutes into extra-time. The French winger received the ball, opened up, and unleashed a vicious effort, too hot to manage, past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.