Barcelona were given an almighty fright in the 2022/23 Copa del Rey Round of 32 by third-division side Intercity.
Despite Xavi’s side opening the scoring after just four minutes and taking the lead on three different occasions in regulation, Intercity equalised three times through young winger Oriol Soldevila to force the match to extra time.
While Barca would eventually claim a 4-3 win after 120 minutes, Intercity and their young hat-trick hero certainly made the most of their time in the spotlight.
The Sporting News brings you everything you need to know about the unique club and the player who came back to haunt Barcelona.
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Who are Intercity?
Intercity are a club based in Alicante, Valencia and currently compete in Spain’s third division. The side currently play at the Estadio Antonio Solana which has a capacity of just 2500.
They were only founded in 2017 and have secured four promotions since their establishment. Former Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran is a vice president of Intercity and one of their major shareholders.
Intercity are coached by Argentine Gustavo Siviero, who previously played in Spain for Mallorca and Albacete.
The young club made history in 2021 when they became the first Spanish team to be listed on the stock exchange.
Intercity’s long-term ambition is to secure promotion to La Liga and they showed against Barcelona their ability to compete against the best.
CF Intercity are in the third tier of Spanish football.
Barcelona are fielding a side featuring Depay, Dembélé, Busquets, Alba, Raphinha, Gavi, Ansu Fati and Koundé.
After 90 minutes, with a hat-trick from 21-year-old Oriol Soldevila, they’ve drawn 3-3 in the Copa del Rey.
— bet365 (@bet365) January 4, 2023
Who is Oriol Soldevila?
Intercity’s stunning showing against Barcelona was inspired by their young attacker Oriol Soldevila — or Solde as the back of his shirt reads.
The 21-year-old was in fact once a part of Barcelona’s youth team and also spent time recently in England playing for Birmingham City’s junior sides.
“I’ve been culé since I can remember, I’m a member too. With the 1st I was happy, with the 2nd and 3rd, I couldn’t believe it.”
“The shirt I’ll ask for is Arnau Tenas, the third keeper there. He is my best friend in football, that’s the one I want.” – Soldevila. pic.twitter.com/GAm8YNzxQx
— Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) January 4, 2023
Soldevila signed for Intercity in June 2022, and prior to his hat-trick against Barcelona, had only scored two goals all season for the club.
The youngster has previously made appearances for Spain’s Under-16 and Under-18 teams and will no doubt now have even more eyes on him after his rare feat against Barca.
Oriol Soldevila is the first player to score a hat trick against Barcelona since Kylian Mbappe in February 2021 👀
Take a bow 👏 pic.twitter.com/QuP5yDTwn0
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 4, 2023
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