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Barcelona lose Kings Cup crown

sports Updated: Jan 15, 2010 00:45 IST

Barcelona lost the first of the three titles they won in an extraordinary 2008/09 season on Wednesday as despite beating Sevilla 1-0 they went out of the Kings Cup on the away goal rule when the last 16 tie finished 2-2 on aggregate.

Barca coach Josep Guardiola — who guided them to the Cup, league title and Champions League trophy in an amazing debut season as coach — did not take the match lightly.

Eventually in the 64th minute, Spanish midfielder Xavi's right foot shot beat Palop leaving Barcelona tantalisingly close to reaching the quarterfinals.

Lionel Messi then went close in the 67th minute as his effort scraped the post, and then hit the post with a left footed shot in the 69th minute.