Barcelona vs Valencia (1-2)

Barcelona denied unprecedented associate fifth ordered Copa del Rey crown as they lost 2-1 to Valencia in Saturday’s final, heaping the pressure on under-fire coach Ernesto Valverde.

Having had a reasonable probability at a treble only some weeks past, Barca ends the season with solely the league title to indicate for his or her efforts, a scenario possible to extend Valverde’s quality among supporters.

Barca was approach off their best within the half at the Benito Villamarin and deservedly found themselves trailing 2-0 at the break, as Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno clinically tarred-and-feathered the defending champions.

Valverde’s men pushed forward urgently once the break and Lionel Messi force one back shortly after being denied by the post, however, their dominance tried futile as Valencia hung on to win the Copa for the first time since 2008.

The warning signs were there for Barca once merely 5 minutes, as Gameiro pressured Clement Lenglet into a disobedient pass at the rear and Rodrigo pounced, skipping past opaque gem Cillessen and seeing his effort blocked on the road by Gerard Pique.

Neither Cillessen nor Pique may spare Barca sixteen minutes later, however, as Jose Gaya charged forward on the break and picked out Gameiro, WHO barreled off Jordi Alba and blasted home.

Rodrigo doubled the lead directly past the unit of time mark, heading in Andres Martinez Soler’s inch-perfect cross from shut vary.

Malcolm and Arturo Eugene Luther Vidal were introduced for Horatio Nelson Semedo and Arthur at half-time, as Barca pushed for a comeback.

Messi remained the one to observe, though, hit the left-hand post with a stunning outside-of-the-boot effort directly before the hour once a one-two with Malcolm.

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Goals Barcelona

73′ Barcelona L. Messi

 

Goals Valencia

21′ Valencia K. Gameiro
33′ Valencia Rodrigo

 

Barcelona Lineups

13 Jasper Cillessen
2 Nélson Semedo
3 Gerard Piqué
15 Clément Lenglet
18 Jordi Alba
5 Sergio Busquets
20 Sergi Roberto
4 Ivan Rakitić
8 Arthur
7 Philippe Coutinho
10 Lionel Messi

 

Valencia Lineups

1 Jaume Doménech
18 Daniel Wass
24 Ezequiel Garay
5 Gabriel Paulista
14 José Luis Gayà
8 Carlos Soler
10 Dani Parejo
17 Francis Coquelin
7 Gonçalo Guedes
19 Rodrigo
9 Kévin Gameiro

 

Barcelona – Valencia Match Statistics

Barcelona

Valencia

26 Shots Total 9
6 Shots on goal 4
7 Shots off goal 5
13 Shots blocked 0
16 Shots inside box 4
10 Shots outside box 5
8 Fouls 13
9 Corners 2
1 Offsides 0
1 Saves 5
77% Possession Time 23%
773 Passes Total 233
704 Accurate Passes 162
91% Accurate Passes% 70%
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