VINTAGE. What happened in the only precedent of Barça - Villarreal in La Copa?

Messi missed a penalty that he kicked allowed by Ronaldinho, a similar case of that happened this year with Neymar

VINTAGE. What happened in the only precedent of Barça - Villarreal in La Copa?
VINTAGE. What happened in the only precedent of Barça - Villarreal in La Copa?

Messi missed a penalty that he kicked allowed by Ronaldinho, a similar case of that happened this year with Neymar

Messi Villarreal 2008
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Luis Enrique's Barça has began the decisive stage of the season. It is time to play for being in a final. It will be this Wednesday, with the second leg of the Copa del Rey against Villarreal, that come to tie at Bernabéu against Real Madrid. Barça have already faced Marcelino's team in La Liga and in the first leg, both cases with good results, 3-2 and 3-1, but always aware of the dangers of the yellowish team; Barça had to work up the victories and this Wednesday's match can not be an exception.

It was in 2007/08 season, the last one of Rijkaard, with no titles achieved

Villarreal have reached Copa semifinals for the first time and, in fact, there is only one precedent between Barça and yellows. It was in the quarter-finals of the 2007-08 season, the last one with Rijkaard on the bench, against a Villarreal coached by Manuel Pellegrini. Barça beat them with a 0-0 away and 1-0 home, with a goal from Henry. In the minute 41 minutes, the French headed a free kick from the edge of offside.

That day, as reported by the newspapers, Leo Messi was starting to shine with great performances. He caused Cygan's sending-off and the foul that would mean the 1-0. However, he missed a penalty. In the minute 78, Bojan fell on the box and since Ronaldinho wasn't on the field, Messi wanted to kick it. In that moment, Rijkaard decided to place the Brazilian on the field, but Roonie let Messi kick the penalty anyway. The Argentine missed it. We remembered this anecdote some days ago because something similar happened in the first leg against Villarreal. Messi let Neymar take a penalty and the Brazilian missed it.

That season, Barça didn't win any title and the blaugranas would be eliminated from Copa in the semifinals against Valencia, that team that won the Cup against Getafe.