Competition
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  • Liga Portuguesa
Bundesliga
Liga Portuguesa
  • first half
  • 15'
  • 30'
  • second half
  • 60'
  • 75'
  • 90'
Valencia

33' Rodrigo

54' Out Rodrigo in Carlos Soler

54' Out Coquelin in Gonçalo Guedes

74' Zaza

70' Out Garay in Vezo

90' Parejo

Barcelona

48' Coutinho

45' Out André Gomes in Coutinho

64' Out Iniesta in Paulinho

81' Rakitic

82' Out Piqué in Yerry Mina

VALENCIA 0-2 BARCELONA

Valencia 0-2 Barcelona Copa del Rey semi-final: goals, action, report

Luis Suárez set up goals for Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic at Mestalla, as Barça cruised through to a cup final clash against Sevilla in April.
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Valencia 0-2 Barcelona Copa del Rey semi-final: goals, action, report
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2013. That was the last time that Barcelona failed to make it to the Copa del Rey final. Ernesto Valverde's team were as ominously good in the cup on Thursday night as they have been all season in LaLiga, sweeping Valencia aside to set up a final with Sevilla. 

Coutinho came on as a half-time substitute and scored his first goal for Barcelona after four minutes on the pitch. Luis Suárez - his former team-mate at Liverpool - was the architect, driving down the left and delivering an inviting cross. 

Suárez was at his tenacious best in the second half. With eight minutes remaining he robbed Gabriel and hurdled a challenge before squaring the ball for Ivan Rakitic to stroke in to the corner. 

Valencia 0-2 Barcelona (3-1 agg)

90'+2' FT. Barcelona are through the final of the Copa del Rey, where they will face Sevilla on April 21st. 

90'+1' Parejo fells Suárez with a cynical trip and goes in to the book for his troubles. 

90'   Two minutes of added time, says the fourth official's board. 

90'   Barça are playing it around the back four at a leisurely pace. They know they're through and Valencia know it too. 

88'   Soler takes a tumble and Valencia have a free kick just inside Barça's half. They'll take it short. 

83' Yerry Mina replaces Gerard Piqué for his Barcelona debut. 

82' GOL GOL GOL GOL! Gabriel steals the ball off Suárez, but then dwindles on the ball and allows Suárez to steal it back off him. The Uruguayan scampers forward and rides a rough challenge before squaring it for Rakitic to score from 15 yards. Barcelona are going to a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey final. 

80'   Messi waits to deliver a free-kick from the right. It's a bit far out to shoot, but prime position for a teasing cross. Oh, he does shoot after all. Straight in to the crowd. 

78'   Piqué is hobbling about. He hasn't looked fit all match. Now, with the tie all but decided, it would be wise for Valverde to hand Yerry Mina a debut. 

75' Zaza is in to the book for an overenthusiastic appeal for a corner. 

74'   Remarkable point-blank save from Cillessen to prevent Gaya levelling the scoreline. Great play from Guedes in the build-up - he's like a young Cristiano Ronaldo but without the futile stepover flurries. 

73'   Coutinho uses the overlapping run of Alba as a decoy before darting inside and shooting. He catches the ball nicely but it's straight down Jaume's throat. 

71' Garay actually injured himelf off the ball. It looks like a pinged hamstring, and he's stretchered off. Ruben Vezo takes his place. 

68'    Busquets is just majestic. He wriggles free of three Valencia players and sets Alba free on the left. Because Busquets had sucked so many players towards him, Barça suddenly have an overload. Messi bursts in to the box and is stopped by a combination of Gabriel and Gaya. Garay looks to have injured himself in the process. 

67'   I'd forgotten Luciano Vietto was playing. He's just popped up like a shy meerkat on a nature programme, and forced Cillessen in to a routine save. 

66'   Parejo slips Guedes through the middle and he bears down on the box. Instead of shooting, he lays the ball wide to Zaza. The Italian chips it back in to the centre and Guedes nods it over the bar. 

65' A second change for Barça. Mestalla applauds Iniesta off the pitch. Paulinho takes his place, presumably with the instruction from Valverde to 'be a nuisance'. 

62'   Barça go close to another goal. Initially, Jaume does well to parry Messi's deflected shot away from goal. Then Martin Montoya flings himself in front of the ball to prevent Alba lashing the rebound towards goal. 

61'   Alba nods Parejo's outswinging corner as far as Carlos Soler, who is loitering 25 yards out. Soler looks for the bottom corner and sends it the wrong side of the post. 

59'   Coutinho is too fleet of foot for Zaza. The Italian nips at his heels until, quite literally, Coutinho's shin pad pops out of his sock. 

56'   Guedes make an immediate, bustling impact. He bursts through the middle, shoots, and forces a corner. Barça clear. 

55' Marcelino makes a double change. Carlos Soler and Guedes come on, Coquelin and Rodrigo take a seat on the bench. 

53'   Valencia look really quite deflated. Barça are knocking the ball around them with ease. Suárez seizes on a loose ball just inside the box, but with a small gap between bodies to aim for, he curls the ball wide. 

51'   That goal has winded Mestalla like a punch in the stomach. Valencia now need to score three. 

49' GOOOOOOOL! Coutinho scores and points to the sky. The Brazilian, who has only been on the pitch for four minutes, slides to meet Suárez's deep cross and scuffs it in to the cortner with a combination of shin and ankle. They all count.  

48'   Rodrigo benefits from a clever backheel from Parejo, cuts inside, and shoots against Umtiti's shins. The ball spins behind for a corner, which Rakitic clears. 

47'   Valencia have started brightly and the crowd are roused. 

46' Off we go again! Valencia have 45 minutes to claw their way back in to the tie. 

Ernesto Valverde makes a change at half-time. Coutinho comes on for Andre Gomes, who had a sloppy first half. 

The teams are trotting back out of the tunnel. 

Coutinho is warming up at the break. 

That was a fun 45 minutes. Barcelona have applied the pressure without the incision to break down Valencia's defence. Valencia have looked dangerous on the counter-attack. Rodrigo has come closest to opening the scoring. He looped a header on to the underside of the bar. 

45' HT. 

45'   Oooof, Kondogbia takes down Parejo's outside-of-the-boot pass, slopes past Gomes and lashes a shot in to the side netting. 

44'   Suárez spins and shoots inside the box. He scuffs it slightly, making it a tame shot for Jaume to smother. 

43'   Lovely, fluid move from Barcelona, which looked set to fizzle out on the left until Rakitic found Messi with a first-time pass. Messi dances past a couple of challenges and hangs the ball up at the far post. Gayà clears but Valencia remain under pressure. 

42'   The match is becoming a bit scrappy as we approach half time. Zaza on Umtiti is the latest niggly foul. 

38'   Coquelin has a good go at undressing Messi on the edge of the box. His shirt is up around his ears, but the referee still doesn't blow. He's been very, very lenient. 

37'   Garay comes in so late on Suárez that it's off camera when the replay is shown. He escapes without a booking, somehow. 

35'   Messi slams the free-kick straight in to the wall and Valencia counter through Kondogbia and Zaza. The Italian brings the move to an end by crossing the ball straight in to Cillessen's arms. 

34' Rodrigo is booked for an ugly lunge on Messi outside the box. A 'striker's challenge', if we're being generous. Messi will take from 30 yards.

31'   Piqué turns the ball behind for a corner with Zaza hurtling towards him. Barça clear, but Piqué doesn't look particularly comfortable. He was touch and go ahead of kick-off due to a knee complaint. 

30'   Messiiiii.... just wide! The No.10 drops a shoulder, jinks inside, and aims for the far post. Jaume looked quite confident that it was going the right side of the post, but it can't have been far wide. 

29'   Does Suárez ever not look surprised when he's flagged offside? 

28'   It's heating up at Mestalla. Rodrigo stings Cillessen's palms from 25 yards. It should, perhaps, have been more. Seconds earlier, Zaza was bearing down on goal and tried to square the ball to Rodrigo. It hit Piqué's heel and the sting faded out of the move. 

26'   The Atlético version of Vietto makes a return as he dribbles straight in to Busquets. It looks like Barça will counter-attack until Gomes misplaces a pass on the edge of his own box and puts the away side under pressure again. Umtiti saves his team-mate's blushes. 

This was how Mestalla looked just before kick off. Phwoaar. 

23'   Sergio Roberto and Gomes exchange sumptuous one-touch passes by their own corner flag to play out of trouble. Varverde has made this team more pragmatic, but it's still Barça. 

22'   Barcelona are enjoying territorial domination, but they're struggling to apply a touch of quality upon entering the box. 

20'   Valverde pulls up his coat in frustration as Andre Gomes lumps a cross over the box and out for a goal kick. 

19'   A long spell of Barça possession comes to an end when Iniesta and Alba fail to complete a one-two. The crowd lets out a growl as Valencia gallop forward. Zaza crosses from the right, but Rakitic has placed himself well on the penalty spot and sweeps up the danger. 

16'   Iniesta threads a spectacular pass through to Suárez. A bit too spectacular, perhaps. The Uruguay striker fails to adjust his feet with the necessary swiftness to take the ball in his stride inside the box. Suárez jumps in the air in frustration. 

14'   Valencia rattle the crossbar! Rodrigo leaps higher than Piqué to meet Gayà's cross and loops it over Cillessen. It looks like it's going to settle in the corner, but kisses the bottom of the bar and drops down for Alba to clear. 

13'   Suárez wants to get a toe on Andre Gomes' low cross from the left. Garay leans in to his shoulder and ensures that the Uruguayan is getting nowhere near it. 

11'   Zaza receives a ticking off for a late challenge on Roberto. Some over-exuberent closing down from the Italian and the referee gestures that it's his last chance. 

9'   Messi shapes his free-kick nicely towards the corner. Jaume shuffles across his line and, instead of catching the ball, emphatically punches it out towards the touch line. One for the cameras, that. 

8'   Barça have a free-kick in prime 'Messi-range' after Gabriel up-ends the No.10. 25 yards out, just to the right of goal. 

7'   Parejo is lucky not to be in the referee's book, as replays show he had a good handful of Messi's shirt as the Argentine burst forward through the centre circle. 

6'   Coquelin picks the ball up 30 yards out and plays a sharp one-two with Zaza before shooting low towards goal. Cillessen watches it on to his arms and flops forward on to his chest. A neat move from the home side, but a comfortable save. 

4'   Kondogbia is down on the ground and grimacing after some close attention from Gomes. He walks gingerly to the touchline but should be fighting fit to continue. 

3'   Constant possession for Barça so far, and constant whistles from the Mestalla crowd. 

2'   Valencia have lined up in a 4-3-3. Parejo, Kondogbia, and Coquelin are across the midfield. Rodrigo, Zaza, and Vietto are up top. That looks more balanced than the 4-4-2 we originally thought Marcelino would deploy. 

1' The second semi-final is up and running! Leo Messi kicks us off at Mestalla. 

The teams link arms around the centre circle to observe the minute silence. A very poignant moment at Mestalla.

Here come the teams! There's even a brass band on the Mestalla pitch, such is the occasion. 

There will be a minute silence before kick-off in memory of Nacho Barberà, a young player who died during a match in Alzira, Valencia, at the weekend. 

Valencia last won the Copa del Rey in 2008. Barcelona, by contrast, have got the last three editions of the trophy tucked up in the Camp Nou trophy cabinet. 

The hamstrings are stretched and the players are heading in to the dressing rooms. 

Marcelino's 4-4-2 looks slightly lopsided. Rodrigo (a striker) is playing on the left, while Coquelin (a defensive midfielder) is playing on the right. With Guedes unable to start the match, needs must. 

Gerard Piqué is fit to play, while Ernesto Valverde drops Coutinho down to the bench in favour of former-Valencia man Andre Gomes. 

TEAM NEWS! 

Valencia XI: Jaume; Montoya, Gabriel, Garay, Gayà; Coquelin, Parejo, Kondogbia, Rodrigo; Zaza, Vietto. 

Barcelona XI: Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Iniesta, Busquets, Gomes; Messi, Suárez.

The Valencia fans with a low-key greeting for their team coach. 

Sevilla beat Leganés 2-0 (3-1 agg) last night to secure their place in the final, which will be played on April 21st. 

Buenas tardes! Hello and welcome to our coverage of Valencia vs Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final. Barça travel south with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, which you can re-live here.