FC Barcelona narrowly escaped a disgrace on Wednesday in the sixteenth final of the Spanish Cup. The Spanish top club won thanks to an assist from Frenkie de Jong only in injury time with 1-2 from UD Ibiza.
It was the second game of Barcelona under the new trainer Quique Setién. Last weekend, the successor of the fired Ernesto Valverde made his debut with a difficult 1-0 home win at Granada.
De Jong was missing in that game due to a suspension. The midfielder played the entire game on Wednesday. Setién left star player Lionel Messi outside the selection and permanent forces such as Marc-André ter Stegen, Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal started on the bench.
UD Ibiza is the current number three of the Segunda Division B, one of four third-level competitions in Spain. The club on the holiday island was only established in 2015.
De Jong important with assist
The underdog took the lead in the ninth minute through Pep Caballé. The home team also saw a goal being rejected and hit the post in the first half.
It took until the 68th minute for Barcelona to score the first shot between the posts. Four minutes later the equalizer fell. Frenkie de Jong put Antoine Griezmann in front of the keeper and the striker pushed the ball in.
Griezmann decided the game in the fourth minute of injury time with his second goal. The Frenchman was deeply controlled by substitute Alba and hit from a difficult angle.