Fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final for Barça
Barça made it through to the final of this year's Copa del Rey as Atlético Madrid produced a more than dignified performance but just failed to turn the tie around. Looking at both legs, Barça were outclassed in 75% of the playing time. The Catalan side bossed the first half at the Calderón and I'd argue that Atlético were the better team for the remainder of the tie. They outclassed Luis Enrique's side in the second period of the first leg and again last night at Camp Nou were the better side. Ultimately Atlético failed to secure a send-off cup final at the Calderón, but have shown that they are serious candidates to go far in the current Champions League.
Despite being superior to Barça over the 180 minutes of football, the game is all about key moments with fortune playing a major role too. As was the case in the first leg at the Calderón, lady-luck was not smiling down on the men in red and white as Antoine Griezmann had a legitimate goal chalked off for off-side and Gameiro's penalty miss could have seen a scoreline of 1-3 on the night. Los Colchoneros also managed to create decent chances in what transpired to be a nervy end to the evening for the Camp Nou faithful.
Barça were poor from the off as their midfield failed to establish a hold on the game failing to link up with Messi and the front line. On one of the few occasions where their link-up play worked, the No. 10 was capable of opening the Atleti rear-guard leaving Luis Suárez free to open the scoring. Atlético still needed to find two goals on the night and took the fight to the home side. Apart from a fantastic direct free-kick from Lionel Messi, the Catalan side offered little by way of threat on Moya's goal. As the game wore on Atlético worked tirelessly looking to claw their way back into the tie but ultimately failed to produce the second strike that would have taken the game to extra time.