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FC Barcelona - Valencia CF
Copa del Rey - 26 May 2019
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What an incredible moment for Valencia! What an achievement by Marcelino and his players! They timed their late run of form perfectly and on the whole they deserved this win this evening. Barcelona were poor and will reflect on how their season crumbled away after that collapse to Liverpool in the Champions League. Will Valverde survive this?
- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Barcelona 1-2 Valencia
VALENCIA HAVE WON THE 2018/19 COPA DEL REY!
GUEDES WAS THROUGH! How has he missed! Guedes had the goal gaping, Cillessen was up for a corner kick, there was nobody in the goal, but he somehow sends his shot wide! Wow!
It's the 95th minute and Cillessen is up for a corner kick. This is it for Barcelona. It's now or never. If Valencia defend this you'd have to think that they will get their hands on the Copa del Rey!
Had to finish it! What a chance for Valencia to finish this on the counter attack! Guedes was clean through, but the Valencia man sticks his low shot wide of the post. That looked destined to be the moment this was settled!
What a block! Just for a moment it seemed that things had opened up for Messi on the edge of the Valencia box, but Soler threw himself in front of the strike to make the block to deny him!
It's all Barcelona. They are slinging cross after cross into the Valencia penalty box. That's not their normal game, but the likes of Pique and Vidal are up from the back. Gung-ho!
There is still time for Barcelona to rescue this, but not much. They have four more minutes of stoppage time to send this Copa del Rey final into extra time and save their double.
There will be FIVE minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
- Yellow cardArturo VidalFC Barcelona
That was a nasty challenge by Vidal who appeared to plant his studs into the knee of Wass. The Chilean midfielder gets away with a yellow card. That was a really, really bad one.
- OffRodrigoValencia CF
- OnMouctar DiakhabyValencia CF
Rodrigo comes off to a standing ovation from the Valencia fans. He had a great game.
What a battling performance Coquelin has turned in this evening. The former Arsenal midfielder has really given his all to stop Barcelona's flow in the centre of the pitch. Fantastic.
Did Barcelona's season end at Anfield? They haven't been the same team since that Champions League semi final collapse. They have just a few minutes left to send this game to extra time.
Header over! That was a chance for Messi, but he heads over following a cross from Malcom. The Brazilian winger has made a difference since coming on at half time. Too little too late?
Valverde looks very agitated on the touchline. Understandable. This could be his job on the line. The pressure will be huge if Barcelona lose this match. It could spell the end for him.
Pique and Vidal have been sent forward as emergency centre forwards. Barcelona are playing quite a direct game, which isn't really like them, even in this sort of desperate situation.
Barcelona have eight minutes to find an equaliser to send this match into extra time. Or to score twice and complete the double. It's the Catalans who are well on top at the moment.
Messi takes a pass on his chest, but Gabriel comes out to make the long clearance. Anywhere will do for Valencia at this stage! They will be quite happy just to see this game out.
There has been a real tempo to this Copa del Rey final from the first minute, but the intensity is incredible now. What an end to the Spanish football season this has been! Blockbuster!
- OffIvan RakiticFC Barcelona
- OnCarles AleñaFC Barcelona
One last change made by Barcelona and Alena comes on for Rakitic.
Water break! Well, this stop comes at a good time for Valencia who have to gather themselves. Valencia scored two minutes after the last water break. Can Barcelona pull off that trick here?
This is going to be a backs to the wall job for Valencia in these final 15 minutes. The Barcelona fans are making themselves heard now and their team is attacking in waves! Strap yourself in!
We thought it might take a moment of Messi magic to get Barcelona back into this Copa del Rey final. Well, it wasn't really a magic moment, but it was a Messi moment. Game on!
- GoalLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 1 (73 mins - Lionel Messi) Valencia 2. Here we go! The Barcelona comeback is on! Lenglet headed against the woodwork from a corner kick and Messi was on hand to finish from about two yards out! The Catalans have a foothold in this match! Finally!
- OffKevin GameiroValencia CF
- OnCristiano PicciniValencia CF
Gameiro comes off to be replaced by Piccini. It was the Frenchman's goal that sent Valencia on their way.
Just wide from Pique! The Barcelona centre back is now playing as an emergency centre forward! Malcom slid the low pass into Pique, but he sends his first-time shot past the near post.
- Yellow cardGeoffrey KondogbiaValencia CF
He's not been on for long, but Kondogbia has entered the book for a late tackle on Coutinho.
PICTURE: It feels like this game is slipping away from Barcelona.
Valencia counter! That was an opportunity to make it three! Soler surged down the right channel and tried to find Rodrigo in the middle. However, Lenglet (I think) made the sliding intervention.
What is quite noticeable is that while Barcelona are seeing more of the ball and are finally creating chances, they don't really have a consistent approach. It's all a little bit desperate.
Straight at Jaume! That was a chance for Coutinho, but the Barcelona number seven sends his shot straight at the Valencia goalkeeper, who has dealt with everything thrown at him.
The Valencia supporters inside the Benito Villamarin chant Parejo's name as he takes his seat on he bench. What a hero he is for them. He has had an exceptional season. What a player.
- OffDaniel ParejoValencia CF
- OnGeoffrey KondogbiaValencia CF
Indeed, there's the change for Valencia and Kondogbia comes on for the injured Parejo.
Parejo injury! This is a blow for Valencia! Their captain and best player has slumped to the ground. He seems to have a calf problem and will have to come off. He's been excellent tonight.
Parejo slips! That was a bit of a disappointment from the Valencia playmaker. He had the chance to take a freekick 25 yards out, but he slips and the ball flies over the crossbar!
- Yellow cardSergio BusquetsFC Barcelona
Busquets is booked for a foul 25 yards out from goal. This will be a chance for Valencia!
So many key players have been out of form for Barcelona in recent weeks. The most out of form, however, is undoubtedly Busquets. He needs a long holiday because he has been dreadful of late.
Coutinho has barely made an impression on this match. On this basis, it's difficult to see how the Brazilian playmaker will still be at Barcelona for next season. He's a shadow of his former self.
"Arggggh" indeed for Barcelona fans!
Valencia have struggled to get out on the counter like they were in the first half. That's a little peculiar given that Barcelona are taking more risks. Maybe Marcelino is happy to sit back.
That's what Barcelona are counting on here - a moment of magic from their man. How many times have we said that over the years? It's certainly the case tonight. Messi is coming to the boil.
OH MY GOD MESSI! That would have been one of the goals of the season! Messi played a one-two with Malcom and then struck an outside-of-the-boot strike off the inside of the far post! Vidal puts the rebound over.
This is much better from Barcelona. You have to wonder why Malcom hasn't been given more game time this season. He has made an impact for the Catalans almost every time he has played.
- Yellow cardJosé Luis GayáValencia CF
Gaya becomes the first player to be shown a yellow card. He took out Malcom. The Brazilian winger has made a difference.
PICTURE: Sums up Messi's night so far.
There's a real tempo to the start of this second half. Barcelona are cranking things up in an effect to get back into this match, but that also suits Valencia. Very good contest so far.
Messi freekick... deflected over! Barcelona win a freekick in prime Messi territory, but the Argentinean clips his effort off the top of the Valencia wall and it goes behind for a corner kick.
The gamble for Barcelona is that they are now looking to make this a more open game. But that should also benefit Valencia, who have looked lethal on the rapid counter attack so far.
Just wide! That could have been a third goal for Valencia! Barcelona were all over the place at the back and Guedes got the shot away from 25 yards out, but it flashes across the goal and wide.
At least Valverde has recognised the need to change things. Malcom should at least create some space in the attacking third. That was the issue in the opening 45 minutes. It was all too predictable.
- OffArthurFC Barcelona
- OnArturo VidalFC Barcelona
... and the second change sees Vidal come on for Arthur.
- OffNélson SemedoFC Barcelona
- OnMalcomFC Barcelona
Valverde made a couple changes at the break. Malcom has been thrown on for Semedo...
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Valencia have a 2-0 lead over Barcelona in this Copa del Rey final.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Barcelona 0-2 Valencia. Valverde has A LOT of work to do if he is to turn this around for the Catalans. Barca have dominated possession, but Valencia have looked so dangerous on the attack.
Another save! Now it's Rakitic who gets the shot away on the Valencia goal, but once again Domenech makes the stop, this time holding on to the ball. Barcelona finally testing him!
Messi strike! Barcelona have perked up in the last few moments! This time Messi gets the powerful strike away on goal from about 25 yards out, but Domenech dives to his left to make the stop!
One of the things angled at Valverde is that he doesn't know how to change a game. Well, this will be a rest test for the Barcelona manager in that respect. His strategy hasn't worked so far.
Valverde looks concerned on the touchline. As he should be. Barcelona have been completely ineffective in this first match. He needs a new game plan for the second half.
Another Valencia attack! They look so dangerous on the counter! This time, Rodrigo is racing through, Lenglet makes a tackle, but then Cillessen very nearly allows the ball into his own net. Yikes! Corner kick.
Barcelona's season is on the brink of crumbling completely. Not so long ago, they looked destined for a Treble. Now, they face finishing the season with just one piece of silverware.
Of course, Barcelona have the individual quality to turn around any match. Valencia held a 2-0 lead at Camp Nou earlier this season only for Messi to salvage a 2-2 draw with a late goal.
Barcelona have no width, they have no penetration and they have no creativity in the attacking third of the pitch. This has been dismal first half for the Liga champions. Still seven minutes to play, though.
Barcelona have dominated the ball, but Valencia have been ruthless with their possession. They are destroying the Catalans on the wings. Alba and Semedo both having a tough time.
We not even at half time yet and it already feels like a long way back for Barcelona. Have they even got a shot away on goal? They certainly haven't tested Domenech in the Valencia goal.
Incredible! Valencia have a TWO goal lead against Barcelona in this Copa del Rey final! Marcelino's side had been in good form heading into this game and they have carried that form into tonight.
- GoalRodrigoValencia CF
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 0 Valencia 2 (33 mins - Rodrigo). Valencia have doubled their advantage and it's Rodrigo who has scored the second for his team! Soler surged down the right side of the pitch, he found Rodrigo in the middle with an excellent cross and the striker powered a header into the back of the net!
Okay, we're back up and running at the Benito Villamarin. The two teams have taken on water and Barcelona have just under 15 minutes to get themselves back into this game before the break.
This hasn't worked for Barcelona so far. They have been completely toothless in the final third of the pitch. Domenech hasn't even been required to make a save in the first 30 minutes.
PICTURE: Rodrigo could have given Valencia an early lead.
Water break! The two teams stop to take on liquids. It's very hot in Seville this evening. Barcelona will be grateful for this chance to gather themselves and maybe tweak their game plan.
A lot of questions will be asked of Valverde if Barcelona lose this match. He was already under pressure after the Champions League semi final collapse to Liverpool a couple weeks ago.
There's a fundamental problem with this Barcelona team. Messi is dropping deep to pick up the ball, but that means Barca lack an attack, essentially, because they don't have Suarez up there.
The communication between Gaya and Gameiro for the goal was wonderful. The former knew that the latter would peel off his marker and drop deep for the pass. Barcelona didn't see it coming.
Make sure you see this pass from Gabriel to release Gaya down the left side. It was magnificent. Arsenal fans must be watching this a little baffled. Who is this defensive pass master???
You just had a feeling that Valencia might do something special here this evening. Barcelona have dominated the ball, but the best two chances have gone the way of Marcelino's men.
- GoalKevin GameiroValencia CF
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 0 Valencia 1 (21 mins - Kevin Gameiro). Valencia have taken the lead and what a strike it was from Gameiro! Gabriel played an amazing ball from deep to release Gaya down the left side, he picked out Gameiro in the middle and the French striker composed himself before lashing home a strike!
Indeed, this is all a little predictable from Barcelona. They are dominating possession, but Valencia are finding it relatively easy to keep them at arm's length at the edge of their box.
We all know that Dembele and Suarez are good players, but they are so important to the way Barcelona play. They offer something different in attack, open up space for others up front.
Messi... deflected wide! The Barcelona number 10 picks up the and drives towards goal. He gets the shot away from just inside the box, but it picks up a deflection and flashes comfortably wide.
Messi tries to dribble his way through a packed Valencia backline, but is crowded out. Roberto then takes the shot and once again there are too many bodies between him and the goal.
It is all Barcelona at the moment, but they are lacking imagination and cutting edge in the final third of the pitch. Domenech in the Valencia goal hasn't had a single save to make yet.
With the exception of that opportunity for Rodrigo, it has been quite a calm and measured start to this match. Both teams are sparring at the moment, feeling each other out.
Barcelona have taken a grip of the game again after that Rodrigo opportunity. They are in control, although Valencia are looking well organised at the back. We expected this pattern.
Good defending from Gaya. He had to fight to put the ball behind for a corner kick nder pressure from Semedo. Barcelona were camped on the edge of the Valencia penalty box there!
That opportunity has really roused the Valencia supporters inside the Benito Villamarin. They really believe that they can pull this off. Their team should probably be ahead already.
That was incredible from Pique. Rodrigo couldn't really have done much more. His shot was powerful enough and found the near post, but the Barcelona centre back got there on the slide.
Off the line! That was inches, maybe less, away from being an opener for Valencia! It was a mistake from Lenglet that presented Rodrigo with the chance, he rounded Cillessen, but Pique was back on the line to make the clearance!
I'm not entirely sure that Valencia have had a touch of the ball yet. It has been all Barcelona. They are knocking the ball around freely and at a good tempo. Good start from the Catalans.
Of course, there's no doubt that Barcelona are the favourites for this Copa del Rey final. But they have been somewhat vulnerable in recent weeks (Anfield anyone?). This might not be a foregone conclusion.
Valverde had a number of injury concerns ahead of this match. Arthur and Coutinho were both doubts, but they play. However, Dembele and Suarez were not able to recover in time.
Valencia found some strong form to clinch fourth place in the Liga table towards the end of the season. If they can carry that momentum into this game they will give Barcelona problems.
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The Copa del Rey final is under way! It's Barcelona against Valencia in Seville!
Some fantastic TIFO displays from the fans at the Benito Villamarin. This promises to be quite the clash. Great colour and noise.
Not long until kick off in the 2018/19 Copa del Rey final. It's been quite the tournament this season. Let's hope for a fitting conclusion.
What an atmosphere at the Benito Villamarin. It's really building into something special. The Valencia supporters are setting the standard. They realise what an opportunity this is for their team.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Can Valencia spoil Barcelona's party? How big a miss will Suarez be? Tweet me!
Domenech keeps his place as the cup goalkeeper for Valencia. Gameiro and Rodrigo can cause Barcelona problems. Not many teams play a front two like them against the Catalans.
Party poopers? Of course, Barcelona can win the double if they win this evening having already clinched the Liga title. Can Valencia stop them from winning this competition again?
No Suarez! Barcelona had some injury concerns ahead of this match and Suarez was one of them. He has not made the team for this evening, but Coutinho and Arthur are in the lineup.
TEAM NEWS: Barcelona - Cillessen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Arthur, Roberto, Rakitic, Coutinho, Messi. /// Valencia - Jaume, Wass, Garay, Paulista, Gaya, Soler, Parejo, Coquelin, Guedes, Rodrigo, Gameiro.
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