Navarro cries foul over Barca win
Sevilla defender Fernando Navarro has claimed his side were victims of a “stitch-up” after their dramatic 3-2 defeat to Barcelona on Saturday evening.
With Barca leading through Dani Alves' first-half goal, Sevilla believed they had equalised only to see Ivan Rakitic’s header controversially disallowed by referee Muniz Fernandez.
Lionel Messi then made it 2-0, but the visitors produced a late comeback as Rakitic reduced the arrears in the 80th minute and Coke levelled in the 90th.
However, Barcelona came away with all three points courtesy of Alexis Sanchez’s winner deep into stoppage time, which prompted angry scenes as the home side’s substitute goalkeeper, Jose Manuel Pinto, was cautioned after a row with the Sevilla bench.
"Everyone can see it was a stitch-up,” Navarro told Canal+ after the game in quotes reported by Marca. “We're angry. I don't want to say anything further because I might be suspended for what I have to say."
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino, though, argued that the Sevilla goal had been disallowed for a “clear foul on Alves”, with Rakitic having collided with the Brazilian after making contact with the ball.
Alves himself also said that he had been fouled and added: “The player admitted it on the pitch later.”
There was a further element of controversy as the winning goal had come after the three minutes' stoppage time the officials had originally signalled. Martino, though, pointed to the fact that, in Barca’s 3-2 victory over Valencia at the start of this month, Helder Postiga had scored beyond the stoppage time originally stated at the end of the first half.
"I do not know if time had run out, but in Valencia the same thing happened to us," he said.