Barcelona vs Sevilla: A 21st century cup classic

Barcelona and Sevilla will face off in a cup final on April 21st that is becoming something of a classic between two sides who continue to meet in decisive fixtures.

The duo have met in the UEFA Super Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and in the Copa del Rey previously and are more than used to reaching the latter stages of competitions together.

On almost every occasion, four this century, Barcelona have emerged the victors.

The first time that the Andalucians and the Catalans faced each other in a final was in the Copa EVA in 1948, a tournament which only lasted six years but Barcelona won it by a goal to nil and won the competition three times before it became known as the Spanish Super Cup.

58 years would pass before the two teams would meet again in August 2006 in the UEFA Super Cup.

Juande Ramos’ Sevilla shocked Frank Rijkaard’s with a 3-0 win and they have since become accustomed to meeting in finals.

In August 2010, they would meet in the Spanish Super Cup for the first time, with Sevilla taking the lead in the first leg with a 3-1 lead but Pep Guardiola’s team mounted an impressive comeback winning 4-0 on home turf.

Six years later, the fixture repeated itself in the same competition, though Barcelona this time won both legs, 0-2 and then 3-0.

They met before that second Spanish Super Cup as Luis Enrique took his team to face Unai Emery’s side in the UEFA Super Cup in a thrilling 5-4 victory.

Then, they would repeat a cup final win over Sevilla at the end of that very same season in the Copa del Rey final with a 2-1 win at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

The current form of both teams in cup competitions has brought them back together, once again at the home of Atletico Madrid.

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