Copa del Rey


Barcelona 1 - Valencia 2

Barcelona: Cillessen; Semedo (Malcom 46’), Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Arthur (Arturo Vidal 46‘), Busquets, Rakitic (Aleñá 77’); Sergi Roberto, Messi, Coutinho. 4-3-3.
Valencia: Jaume; Daniel Wass, Gabriel Paulista, Garay, Gayà; Carlos Soler, Dani Parejo (Kondogbia 64’), Coquelin, Guedes; Gameiro (Piccini 72’), Rodrigo (Diakhaby 88’). 4-4-2.

0-1. 21. Gameiro. Controlled Gayà centre and fired shot past Cillessen.
0-2. 32. Rodrigo. Steered header down past keeper from Carlos Soler cross.
1-2. 73. Messi. Tap-in after Jaume saved Lenglet header following corner.

Yellow cards: Gayà 52’, Busquets 61’, Kondogbia 70’, Arturo Vidal 89’.

Valencia won the Spanish cup for the eighth time in their history after beating Barcelona 1-2 in the final on Saturday, a fitting end to their centenary year. The Catalans were looking to win the title for the fifth year in a row, but Piqué had to clear off the line from Rodrigo early on, and with twenty minutes gone Gameiro combined with Gabriel Paulista and Gayà on a rapid breakaway to open the scoring. Some ten minutes later Rodrigo headed the second from a fierce Carlos Soler cross, and Jaume brought off good saves from Messi and Rakitic before the break to keep his team in front. Valverde (missing the injured Luis Suárez), brought on Vidal and Malcom at half time, and Messi hit the post before pulling one back after Jaume could only push out a header from Lenglet. But Marcelino packed his defence after that, and Guedes could have added to the lead had he been able to find the target on a couple of counter-attacks near the end.