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90'
Paco Peña
Yellow Card
79'
Jesús Berrocal
David Mainz
76'
Marc Cardona
Carles Aleñà
71'
José Luis Miñano
Álvaro Salinas
71'
Chechu Flores
José Gaspar
69'
André Gomes
Álex Carbonell
69'
Nili
S. Umtiti
58'
Rafinha
Assist
58'
Carles Aleñà
Goal
52'
Álvaro Salinas
Assist
52'
David Mainz
Goal
3
1
3
0

Stats

Possession
% %
6
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 6
Total Passes 218 745

Commentary

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Luis Enrique had a face like thunder when his side trailed early in the second half, and his mood will not have improved despite their equaliser. Barcelona are far from their best at the moment ahead of their crucial clash against Real Madrid at the weekend.
Hercules put in an impressive performance this evening to hold Barcelona to a 1-1 draw. They will travel to the Camp Nou without facing a deficit thanks to David Mainz's goal in the 52nd minute. It could have been better if not for Carlos Alena's strike, but Tevenet will not be too dissatisfied.
FULL-TIME: HERCULES 1-1 BARCELONA
90' + 4' CHANCE! Cardona misses a sitter as he blazes his strike over the bar after the ball fell to him in the six-yard box. That was the opportunity the visitors were craving for to take a lead back to the Camp Nou, but the youngster was unable to convert.
90' + 4' Nili makes a surge down the left flank and smashes the ball off Dalmau's legs to win a corner. There will be one last chance for Barcelona.
90' + 3' Hercules are doing their utmost to take the pace out of the game. It doesn't appear to matter anyway as the visitors appear to be out of ideas in the final third.
90' + 2' Barcelona's quality has waned over the last 10 minutes. The home side have held out thus far in defence without conceding another goal, which will delight Tevenet.
Paco Peña
Yellow Card
Hércules
90' Pena brings down Rafinha in the final third and goes into the book.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
89' Turan cuts in from the left and curls a right-footed cross towards the back post, but his effort is too close to Buigues, who makes the claim with ease.
88' There will be a slight delay in play as Ingles goes down while clearing another Barcelona cross into the box.
87' Barcelona work the ball down the left before the ball comes to Nili to fire a cross into the box, but his effort fails to get past Dalmau on the edge of the area, who clears the danger.
86' Roman pulls a clever move at the back by winning a free-kick under pressure from Cardona. The defender was under pressure and had cleared the ball behind for a corner, but the Barcelona man clattered into him after the fact, resulting in the set-piece.
83' Cillessen is forced to punch the first set-piece out for a second corner. From the resulting cross, Chechu sends another good ball in towards the penalty spot, but Omgba can only direct his header over the bar.
82' Chechu hits a good cross into the box from a free-kick on the right and the visitors are forced to clear the ball behind for a corner.
80' Now would be a good time for Hercules to have a strong spell of possession. They've defended for the past 30 minutes and their defence looks on the verge of collapsing due to the constant pressure.
Jesús Berrocal
David Mainz
Hércules
79' Mainz makes way for Berrocal for the final 10 or so minutes.
78' SAVE! Cardona almost scores with his first touch as he latches on to Pena's poor clearance. The midfielder strikes the ball into the ground, but Buigues gets down low to make an excellent save.
Marc Cardona
Carles Aleñà
Barcelona
76' Barcelona's goal scorer Alena makes way for Cardona. The strike was his first for the Catalan club.
76' CHANCE! Suarez lifts the free-kick into the box and Lopez has a free header at goal from the penalty spot, but he can only guide the ball straight at Buigues.
75' Hercules are showing signs of creaking at the back as Omgba gives away a free-kick 30 yards from goal for a challenge on Turan.
74' Rafinha makes another burst into the box and this time gets around Pena towards the byline, but Rojas comes across to clear the ball behind for a corner.
73' CHANCE! Rafinha sends a cross to the back post and the home side fail to clear the danger. Turan latches on to the ball, but can only strike a tame effort into Buigues' gloves.
72' Both sides have injected fresh legs on to the pitch. Let's see what difference it could make in the final 20 minutes of the contest.
José Luis Miñano
Álvaro Salinas
Hércules
71' Substitution Álvaro Salinas García José Luis Miñano García
Chechu Flores
José Gaspar
Hércules
71' Gomez replaces Salinas for the home side.
André Gomes
Álex Carbonell
Barcelona
69' Carbonell makes way for Gomes in the middle of the park.
Nili
S. Umtiti
Barcelona
69' Nlil comes on for the visitors to replace Umtiti.
67' Roman does well at the back to make an excellent intervention at the near post to prevent Vidal's low cross from finding Alcacer in the middle. Barca are starting to expose the home side's backline in space.
65' Barcelona are in complete control of the game now as the home side are struggling to break out of their own half. Hercules will need a strong defensive effort here to hold out.
62' Digne is in again down the left flank and he shoots again from a tight angle, but this time his blazes his strike over the bar.
61' CHANCE! The visitors' confidence is up and a quick passing move sees Digne find space to strike the ball, but Buigues does well to beat the ball away, while Pena clears away the danger at the back post.
60' Hercules had done so well to defend the edge of their own box until then, but one moment of quality has undone their strong defensive effort.
Rafinha
Assist
Barcelona
58' Assist Rafael Alcântara do Nascimento
Carles Aleñà
Goal
Barcelona
58' GOAL!!!! Barca are back in the game as Alena equalises with a great strike from distance, although Buigues will feel that he might have done better to keep it out. The midfielder was afforded space 25 yards from goal and his effort had power along with bouncing just in front of the Hercules keeper to do enough to find the bottom corner
56' Barca push at the home side's backline once again, but they are held at bay on the edge of the box. They're struggling immensely with their close-range passing.
54' Enrique has a face like thunder on the touchline. His side have been well below-par this evening and have been duly punished by Hercules.
Álvaro Salinas
Assist
Hércules
52' Assist Álvaro Salinas García
David Mainz
Goal
Hércules
52' GOAL!!!! HERCULES TAKE THE LEAD! The home side have been threatening and now they have the lead on the right as Mainz converts Salinas' cross at the back post. He was unmarked and managed to bundle his effort past Cillessen, despite failing to make solid contact.
51' The visitors are struggling to retain possession in the Hercules half as the home side have been buoyed by their performance in the first half, and are even beginning to turn the screw against the visitors.
49' CHANCE! Gaspar drills his effort around the wall and it arcs towards the bottom corner, but Cillessen gets down well to make the save on his line. Another warning for Barca.
48' Mainz makes a nice turn in the middle to escape Carbonell and he plays in Gaspar down the right. The winger runs at Lopez before being fouled right on the edge of the box, leaving the hosts with a free-kick in a threatening position.
47' Rafinha makes another strong surge forward, but once again he just takes the ball a bit too far losing possession on the edge of the box.
46' We're back underway in this Copa del Rey clash.
The players are back out for the second half, so we should be underway shortly.
The Barca boss will be demanding more from his team in the second half to ensure that they don't have to worry about the second leg in four weeks time. Tevenet's men have played well thus far and should arguably be ahead, spurning decent opportunities in front of goal.
It's all square at the break and Luis Enrique will not be satisfied with that he has seen from his Barcelona side at the break. They've failed to carve out a clear-cut opening in front of goal, while Hercules have spurned two decent openings at the other end.
HALF-TIME: HERCULES 0-0 BARCELONA
45' + 1' Salinas sends the ball in from the left and Rojas rises highest to head the ball at goal, but Cillessen makes a comfortable save to end the half.
45' Gaspar does well in the corner under pressure from Vidal to win a corner for the home side off the defender's legs. Hercules have one last chance to attack before the end of the half.
44' The visitors try to play their way through the Hercules backline on the edge of the box, but Pena and Rojas hold firm to deny Rafinha to clear the danger.
42' CHANCE! Pena lifts a great ball into the box from the left to find Ingles unmarked 12 yards from goal, but the defender can only put his header wide of the post. He should have at least tested Cillessen with that effort.
41' Rafinha continues to see plenty of the ball and this time he cuts back on to his left foot to whip a cross into the box from the right flank. Turan tries to get on the end of the ball, but fails to make contact between Ingles and Rojas as the ball travels behind.
39' Alena and Rafinha attempt to combine down the right flank, but they mistime their attempted one-two and the ball travels out for a goal-kick.
37' Barca win a free-kick on the right and Suarez lifts a dangerous cross into the box for Lopez to attack, but he can only direct his header over the bar.
35' Barcelona are just struggling for rhythm in the final third. They've lacked fluency across the pitch in their short-range passing this evening and against a more clinical side they could well have paid the price.
32' Digne gives the ball away in his own half and Gaspar has the chance to shoot from the edge of the box, but his strike is blocked by Umtiti, while Juanma in support is dispossessed by a strong challenge from Carbonell.
31' Omgba lines up an effort from 35 yards as he has no support around him in the Barcelona half, but he strikes his effort well wide of the target.
29' Alcacer gets in behind the Hercules defence and pokes the ball past the advancing Buigues. Rojas is on hand to clear the danger, but misses his clearing kick. Alena gathers, but the home side flood men back to crowd him out before he can shoot at the empty net.
28' CHANCE! Lopez gives the ball away in his own half and Gaspar raids forward into the box. He tries a left-footed strike, but can only fire a tame shot straight at Cillessen.
27' The Catalan club win a corner on the right flank and Suarez sends a low ball across the face of goal that causes Hercules problems, but a foul against Carbonell eases the pressure on the home side's defence.
25' Hercules break forward on the counter and Salinas bursts down the flank, but as he tries to advance further into the Barcelona half he gets isolated and Digne wins the ball back for the visitors.
23' Suarez takes the free-kick and he finds Turan with a lofted ball that the midfielder attempts to head back across the face of goal, but Ingles clears the danger at the near post.
22' Rafinha is brought down by a strong challenge from Roman 30 yards from goal, presenting the visitors with another set-piece in a promising position.
20' The visitors are enjoying a solid period of possession at the moment, leaving Hercules to chase shadows across the pitch. Sooner or later you have to think the defensive line will be cut apart by the precision of Barca's passing game.
18' Rafinha almost gets in behind the home side's backline, but as soon as he tries to turn to shoot he is crowded out by a number of blue and white shirts.
17' Barcelona have done a good job of not losing their patience thus far. Hercules are proving hard to break down at the moment due to their discipline at the back, which means the visitors will have to wait for their moment.
15' Suarez is afforded space and time in the final third and he attempts to loop a ball over the top of the Hercules defence for Alena's run, but it just runs too far for the midfielder to collect as Buigues gathers.
13' Barcelona send a series of crosses into the box from the left with Digne the architect, but his ball just evades Carbonell at the back post, while Alena's cross back into the middle is too high for Alcacer.
12' Pena runs down the flank and from deep he opts to send a cross to the back post for Ingles to attack. The defender makes contact at the back stick, but can only direct his header over the bar.
10' SAVE! Alcacer strikes his free-kick low towards the bottom corner, but Buigues gets down low to his right to palm the ball to safety.
9' Alcacer turns in space on the edge of the box, but gets caught by the outstretched leg of Pena, resulting in a free-kick for visitors in an extremely dangerous position.
8' Juanma pounces on a loose ball in the middle of the Barca half and looks up for Mainz's run, but he loses his battle with Alena to retain possession.
6' Turan finds space in the final third on the left flank, but as he tries to raid past Ingles and into the box he loses possession, allowing the home side to clear.
4' Hercules break through the middle with Juanma leading the charge. He slides the ball into the path of Jose Gaspar, but the midfielder's attempted cross is chested back to Cillessen by Lopez.
2' Barcelona press immediately forward and the home side are in scramble mode already, with Rojas making a panicked clearance.
1' We're underway in this Copa del Rey contest.
The players are observing a minute's silence for the plane crash that killed members of the Chapecoense football team.
Enrique has changed his side completely from their draw against Sociedad, hinting that he will start them all against Real Madrid this weekend. Samuel Umtiti and Aleix Vidal make their return from their respective injuries, while there are also starts for Paco Alcacer, Lucas Digne, Rafinha, Arda Turan and Jasper Cillessen between the sticks.
Hercules have made five changes from their defeat to Alcoyona. Rojas, Pedro Ingles, Alvaro Salinas, Emmanuel Omgba and Juanma all come into the starting line-up this evening.
Barcelona subs: Masip, Roberto, Gomes, Nili, Cardona.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Cillessen; Vidal, Lopez, Umitit, Digne; Denis Suarez, Alena, Rafinha; Turan, Carbonell, Alcacer.
Hercules subs: Bueso, Minano, Lledo, Chechu, Berrocal.
HERCULES (4-2-3-1): Buigues; Dalmau, Roman, Rojas, Pena; Ingles, Omgba; Gaspar, Juanma, Salinas; Mainz.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
Hercules bid for promotion from the Spanish third tier has hit a snag of late, suffering back-to-back defeats to Villarreal II and Alcoyano. Luis Garica Tevenet will not be expecting a positive result this evening, but he will be wanting to see a competitve performance at the least.
Barcelona struggled in their LaLiga clash last week against Real Sociedad, claiming a point from a match that could have well ended in a defeat. Lionel Messi's strike saved his side from the loss at the Anoeta Stadium, but Luis Enrique will be demanding a response tonight ahead of El Clasico at the weekend.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Copa del Rey clash between Hercules and Barcelona.
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