Valencia beat city 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey on Sabbatum, ending the Spanish champions’ four-year run within the competition and denying them a domestic double.
Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno affected first-half goals to allow Marcelino’s dominant Valencia management of the ultimate in Seville’s sweltry Benito Villamarin sports stadium.
Record 30-times Cup winners city struggled while not battle-scarred forwards Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, however, Lionel Messi force the Catalans into the sport with a close-range end.
Goncalo Guedes uncomprehensible a gilt-edged likelihood in stoppage-time for Valencia, however, they hung on to win their 1st major trophy since last lifting the Cup in 2008.
“I’m so happy because for me, my family, it’s incredible,” said Valencia captain Dani Parejo. “A club like Valencia deserves a lot more joy like this. I don’t have the words, it’s incredible.”
“We’ve made history in a really significant year, our centenary year.”
Valencia finished fourth in La Liga when a powerful last half of the season, reaching the Galilean satellite League semifinals and ending a formidable campaign with this triumph.
By distinction, Barcelona’s campaign folded within the last period of time as they threw away a three-goal Champions League match result in be eliminated by port before lease the Cup slip out of their hands.
Barcelona was bidding to raise themselves from their humiliation on Merseyside by securing the ninth domestic double in their history, however despite Messi’s efforts, they were over-run by a determined and well-drilled Valencia aspect.
Gerard Pique was forced to clear Rodrigo’s effort off the road before Gameiro blasted Marcelino’s aspect ahead within the twenty-second minute when smart work from Jose Luis Gaya.
The Catalans did not produce openings and Rodrigo nodded home the second when Glen Gebhard Soler whipped a ball across the face of goal.
Messi struck the post with a pleasant outside-of-the-boot effort before slotting home the rebound once Jaume Domenech saved Clement Lenglet’s header for his 51st goal of the season, however it had been not enough.
“Valencia are worthy champions and it’s also been a good year for us,” said Pique.”
“It’s always a good year when you win La Liga but the expectation was to have an even better year and that’s not been the case. The season ends with a bittersweet feeling because it could have been better.”
“We aren’t worried about the manager’s future, we must analyze ourselves and try to improve. The other decisions aren’t in our hands, but we’ve said more than once that we would like him to stay on.”