Barcelona rallies to beat 3rd tier team in Copa del Rey opener

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele gestures during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Betis at the Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (Joan Monfort/AP)

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona needed Ousmane Dembele and Ferran Jutgla to score second-half goals to avoid an upset in its Copa del Rey opener, while third-division Atletico Baleares eliminated a second topflight side by beating Celta Vigo 2-1 on Wednesday.

Barcelona's two forwards secured a 2-1 come-from-behind win at third-tier Linares Deportivo to put Barcelona into the round of 16.

Dembele went on at halftime and canceled out Hugo Diaz's 19th-minute goal for Linares with a strike from outside the area to level in the 63rd.

Jutgla completed the turnaround six minutes later to save Barcelona from an embarrassing exit from the cup in southern Spain.

Dani Alves played his first match since returning to Barcelona. The 38-year-old Brazil right back played for Barcelona from 2008 to 2016, helping it win 23 titles including three Champions League trophies.


Baleares, which had already stunned Getafe 5-0 in the previous round, got two goals from Manel Martinez to upset Celta.

Martinez gave the club from the Mediterranean island of Mallorca the lead in the 17th with a header from a quickly taken corner kick.

Substitute Brais Mendez pulled Celta level in the 67th, only for Martinez to head in a cross for the 76th-minute winner.

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