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The sides will reconvene at Camp Nou on March 3 for the second leg. Barcelona have five games before then, starting with Saturday's visit of Deportivo Alaves in LaLiga. Sevilla are home to Huesca the same day on their return to league action.
Sevilla will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final with Barcelona. Kounde opened the scoring for Lopetegui's charges with a fine solo strike and Rakitic blasted in a second five minutes from time against his former side. Barca had a big penalty shout rejected at 1-0 and Messi was denied by three impressive Bounou saves in a lively tie.
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FULL-TIME: SEVILLA 2-0 BARCELONA
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CHANCE! De Jong decides against shooting for some reason and Torres' attempt is blocked in front of goal. A third goal for Sevilla then surely would have killed off the tie ahead of the second leg.
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Just three minutes were added on, by the way, so time is very nearly up in Seville.
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MESSI DENIED YET AGAIN! Bounou has now produced three fantastic saves to keep out Messi. The Argentina international's free-kick makes its way past the wall and through a sea of bodies, but the Sevilla keeper gets down to his right to push the ball past the post.
Umtiti, who has had a bit of a shocker today, is replaced by Trincao late on.
Messi takes matters into his own hands by slaloming through but is pulled back by Rakitic around 25 yards from goal. No guesses for who will take this free-kick...
Barcelona have progressed from 11 of their 15 Copa del Rey ties against Sevilla, including their wins in the 2016 final at Vicente Calderon (2-0) and the 2018 final at Wanda Metropolitano (5-0). They have a huge task on their hands if they are to advance from this latest two-legged tie.
Torres, only on the field for a few minutes, played a ball over the top from just inside his own half and Rakitic did the rest.
GOOOOAAAALLL!!! SEVILLA 2-0 BARCELONA!! Rakitic nets against his former club to give Sevilla a two-goal advantage! A simple ball over the top undoes Barca and Rakitic, kept onside by Umtiti, keeps his cool when one-on-one with Ter Stegen.
Koeman makes his first change of the contest, with Puig on for Pedri in central midfield.
Vidal is the latest player to be cautioned for what seems to be dissent.
Suso, who is perhaps fortunate not to have given away a penalty, makes way for Torres late on.
Frantic defending from Sevilla! The ball bounces around in the box but the home side just about get it away. Alba is off target from the next attacking wave.
Gudelj is on for Jordan in the fourth of Sevilla's changes. Lopetegui has one more substitution available.
Having watched that Suso challenge on Alba back, Barcelona are right to feel aggrieved at the lack of a penalty.
You cannot take your eyes off this game. Following a sustained spell of Barcelona pressure, Sevilla hit their opponents on the counter and have a few options. A pass to Kounde high up on the right - a centre-back, remember! - is overhit and the move fizzles out.
WIDE! Dembele is closed down 20 yards from goal but still gets a shot away. It is dragged a tad wide and Bounou is happy to watch the ball on its way past the target.
Sevilla defend this latest Barcelona free-kick and are now within 16 minutes of a vital first-leg lead.
PENALTY APPEAL! Suso drags Alba to the ground inside the penalty box but the referee only awards a free-kick as the contact started outside the area.
WIDE! Messi's dangerous cross towards the back post is eventually worked back into his path. He has a clean shot at goal but fails to find the target with his effort, instead clipping the side-netting.
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De Jong takes over from En-Nesyri up top in the third of Sevilla's changes.
Rekik replaces Gomez, who failed to get away any shots today but did play a couple of key passes.
Lopetegui has made a triple substitution with a little over 20 minutes to go. Munir is on for Escudero in the first of those changes.
Messi's free-kick from wide on the right dips just in front of Bounou. The Sevilla keeper does well to bring it under control at the second attempt with plenty of bodies around him.
Sevilla skipper Escudero lunges in on Dembele and is rightly issued with a yellow card.
Messi puts his arm across the face of Jordan, but it is the Sevilla midfielder who is cautioned for blocking the run of the Barcelona forward.
A simple pass down the line has En-Nesyri chasing down on goal. The angle is against him but he spots Vidal all alone in the box. The full-back is let down by a terrible first touch, denying him the chance to get a shot away.
Twelve of the 37 goals Lionel Messi has scored against Sevilla for Barcelona have come after the 75-minute mark.
Vidal just about gets his head to a deep delivery as Barca continue to knock on the door for an equaliser. The subsequent corner is pretty terrible, the ball going straight out of play without a touch.
Sevilla have lost their rhythm in the second half. Barca deserve credit for that but the Catalans just cannot find a way through at the moment in this entertaining first leg.
BOUNOU DENIES MESSI AGAIN! This is sublime from Messi. He takes the ball past one Sevilla player, inside another and then tees up De Jong. The Dutchman realises he is better off playing it back to Messi and the forward's shot is creeping into the bottom-left corner, if not for Bounou's low save.
GREAT DEFENDING! Barcelona are turning the screw. Carlos blocks Dembele's low cross but the danger stays alive for the visitors. De Jong tries to wriggle through but Kounde refuses to let the midfielder past and Barca must settle for a corner.
Messi's long-ranger is blocked by a Sevilla player. It is end-to-end stuff now in Seville!
CHANCE! Barca are once again exposed at the back and the ball drops for Rakitic to shoot 18 yards out. He takes his time but ends up hitting the ball right into Mingueza.
There have been plenty of challenges in the early stages of the second half. Barca are playing with a bit more urgency but Sevilla are looking strong at the back.
RESTART! Sevilla, leading 1-0 with 45 minutes of the first leg to go, get us back under way at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
Koeman will not be impressed by his side's lack of creativity. Since Kounde's strike, Sevilla have been in control of the contest and perhaps should be two goals ahead at the interval. Trincao scored a late winner against Real Betis last weekend and is an option to come on at the interval for Barca.
Sevilla lead Barcelona 1-0 at half-time thanks to a fine solo goal from Kounde, the centre-back knocking the ball past Umtiti and guiding a shot away from Ter Stegen. Bounou had earlier produced a fine save down low to deny Messi, but Ter Stegen had to be alert at the end of the half to keep out Escudero's powerful drive.
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HALF-TIME: SEVILLA 1-0 BARCELONA
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Barcelona full-back Alba is issued the first yellow card of the contest right at the end of the first half.
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WHAT A SAVE!! So nearly 2-0 to Sevilla! Barcelona are caught short at the back and Escudero is left in all sorts of space right on the edge of the box. He thumps a shot on target and Ter Stegen helps it over the crossbar with a strong hand.
One minute has been added on at the end of the first half. Barcelona could do with 15 minutes to regroup.
For all of Barcelona's possession, Sevilla continue to look the more dangerous side when they turn over the ball. There are just two minutes of the first half left to go.
CHANCE! En-Nesyri engages in a foot race with Umtiti. He speeds past the Barcelona defender but trips at just the wrong moment, meaning he does not manage to get a shot away with only Ter Stegen to beat.
There is a short stoppage in play now as the referee is having some difficulties with his headset. Sevilla are looking pretty comfortable as we fast approach the midway point at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
Kounde is everywhere at the moment - Barcelona cannot contain the defender. The ball arrives in the Barca penalty area but En-Nesyri is beaten to it in the air by Mingueza.
There is no real urgency to Barcelona's game at the moment. Koeman will know that this tie cannot be won and lost today, so perhaps that is part of his thinking. 1-0 would not be a disastrous result for the visitors.
Koeman's side have had 55 per cent of the ball but have managed only a couple of shots on target. Kounde's impressive goal is the difference between these two in-form sides with more than three-quarters of the tie to go.
Barca are remaining patient in their pursuit of an equaliser. The visitors have created just one chance of note thus far, with Messi unable to beat Bounou from a one-on-one position.
Mingueza swings a leg at the ball in an attempt to take it off Rakitic but only succeeds in catching his opponent. The Barcelona defender is a little lucky to avoid being shown a yellow card there because Sevilla were on the counter.
That was a lovely touch from Kounde to take the ball around Umtiti, basically wiping out Barca's entire defence in the process. That was hardly the finish of a central defender, either!
GOOOOOAAAAALLL!!! SEVILLA 1-0 BARCELONA!! Kounde gave Barca a warning with his shot a little earlier and has now punished the visitors with the breakthrough goal. The defender knocks the ball past Umtiti and calmly fires away from Ter Stegen, who gets something to the shot but is unable to keep it out.
Barca have dominated possession since that Kounde chance five minutes ago. A deep cross into the box is gathered by Bounou before Junior can get his head to it.
OVER! Messi and Dembele exchange passes on the edge of the box and the former decides to have a go from 20 yards. He gets his attempt all wrong, though, and the ball ends in the stands behind the goal.
JUST WIDE! Suso turns his opponent inside out and cuts the ball back for Kounde, who is stationed high up the pitch following a free-kick. The defender's first-time shot spins just past the post with Ter Stegen looking a little worried.
Alba gets in behind down the left for the first time today. The full-back is unable to pick out a team-mate but the loose ball falls to De Jong. He gets a shot away and it is blocked into the air before being cleared.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has not won any of his two previous competitive games against Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, failing to score in both matches from seven shots.
That really was a great save from Bounou to keep out Messi. The Barcelona forward did not exactly hit the ball straight at the Sevilla keeper - he picked his spot but came out second best on this occasion.
GREAT SAVE! This is nearly a sublime opener for Barcelona. Griezmann has space to shoot around 30 yards from goal but instead lifts the ball over the Sevilla defence and Messi meets it with a first-time shot. Bounou keeps out the attempt with his left leg.
Barcelona are certainly favouring their right-hand side, where Dembele is often picking up the ball in a bit of space. He sprays a pass into the feet of Messi and the Argentina international passes to Pedri, whose throughball for Griezmann is overhit.
The game is being played at a pretty frantic pace at the moment, but there has not yet been a chance or indeed a shot at either end of the field.
Rakitic slides the ball through for En-Nesyri but it has a little too much pace on it and Ter Stegen can collect.
The home side have now settled into the game. Julen Lopetegui's men are knocking the ball around without really looking to get it into advanced positions.
Barcelona have made a bright start to the match, pressing their opponents high up the pitch. Junior is looking lively in behind down the right.
Messi thinks about taking on the shot but is forced away from goal. It is instead worked to Dembele on the right and he has Junior on the overlap, though the attack soon breaks down.
KICK-OFF! Barcelona, the record 30-time winners of this competition, get us up and running at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
Both sets of players are now out on the field and we are moments away from kick-off. These two sides are in superb form, winning their last 13 matches between them, but something has to give in this tight-to-call first leg.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has netted 37 goals in 40 games against Sevilla, scoring in four different competitions, four different grounds and against seven different goalkeepers:
Ronald Koeman has made five changes to Barcelona's starting line-up from the 3-2 win at Real Betis three days ago. Ronald Araujo, Miralem Pjanic and Martin Braithwaite all picked up injuries in that game and miss out on the squad today, while Puig and Lenglet drop to the bench. Junior has been drafted in at right-back, meaning Mingueza will partner the returning Umtiti in the heart of defence. Big-hitters De Jong, Pedri and Messi are also recalled.
Sevilla show three changes from their 3-0 win over Getafe in LaLiga last weekend. Fernando and Rakitic return to central midfield, the latter having served a one-match ban last time out, while January signing Gomez is recalled alongside En-Nesyri and Suso in attack. Torres and Gudelj drop to the bench, while injured winger Lucas Ocampos is not involved at all.
Subs: Matheus Fernandes, Inaki Pena, Neto, Clement Lenglet, Alex Collado, Ilaix Moriba, Trincao, Riqui Puig, Konrad De la Fuente.
BARCELONA XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Junior Firpo, Oscar Mingueza, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi (c), Antoine Griezmann.
Subs: Tomas Vaclik, Karim Rekik, Munir El Haddadi, Nemanja Gudelj, Oliver Torres, Luuk de Jong, Sergi Gomez, Franco Vazquez, Joris Gnagnon.
SEVILLA XI (4-3-3): Yassine Bounou; Aleix Vidal, Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos, Sergio Escudero (c); Joan Jordan, Fernando, Ivan Rakitic; Suso, Youssef En-Nesyri, Alejandro Gomez.
The home side have yet to concede in the five previous rounds to make it to this stage, most recently seeing off Almeria 1-0 in the quarter-finals. As for Barca, they salvaged extra time against Granada in the last round before prevailing 5-3 in a thriller.
Sevilla enter this contest on a seven-game winning run in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in the last five of those, while Barcelona have themselves won six on the spin.
Hello and welcome to our live text coverage of the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg between Sevilla and Barcelona at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.