Koeman reacts as Sevilla defeat Barcelona in Copa del Rey semi-final

Ronald Koeman, Barcelona manager, has said they deserved more from their Copa del Rey defeat to Sevilla.

Sevilla won the first leg of the semi-final 2-0 on Wednesday night, through goals from Jules Kounde and Ivan Rakitic scored.

Koeman felt they should have been awarded a penalty at 1-0 down, when Jordi Alba was tripped on the edge of the area.

But referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz gave a free-kick without checking with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) whether the foul was committed inside the box.

“Everyone has told me it was a penalty,” Koeman said.

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“They made a lot of fouls but clever fouls and they defended very well. I think we deserved more, we played well and created a lot of chances. I think it’s a harsh result for us given what we did on the pitch.”

The second leg will be played at the Camp Nou on March 3.

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