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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Barcelona – Valencia Match Statistics
|6||Shots on goal||4|
|7||Shots off goal||5|
|16||Shots inside box||4|
|10||Shots outside box||5|