Barcelona orchestrated a comeback to defeat Unionistas da Salamanca 3-1 and advance to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.
Unionistas, a third-tier team, posed a threat for an upset to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey when Alvaro Gomez scored in the first half, giving them the lead. However, Ferran Torres equalized for Barcelona in the closing seconds of the first half.
Barcelona completed the turnaround in the second half with Jules Kounde and Alejandro Balde scoring within four minutes.
Unionistas aggressively initiated the match at Campo de Futbol Reina Sofia, with Mario Losada shooting wide in the opening minute. Marc Guiu had a shot blocked for the visitors, who are 31-time winners of the competition, and later tested the home goalkeeper Ivan Martinez with a good save.
Barcelona responded with Torres narrowly missing a shot on target in the 30th minute. However, they fell behind when Gomez volleyed a cross past goalkeeper Inaki Pena at the back post.
In added time at the end of the first half, Barcelona leveled the score as Torres’ shot proved too powerful for Martinez to keep out.
Barca made strategic substitutions at half-time, including introducing 16-year-old defender Pau Cubarsi for Andreas Christensen. They later brought on Ilkay Gundogan, Pedri, and Robert Lewandowski just past the hour mark in their pursuit of the lead.
After Lewandowski’s shot was saved by Martinez, Kounde scored a well-struck 25-yard effort to put Barcelona in front. In the 73rd minute, Alejandro Balde extended the lead to 3-1 with a powerful long-range shot.
Frenkie de Jong, marking his 200th game for the club, was on the pitch as Barcelona comfortably saw out the closing stages, securing their spot in the quarter-finals.