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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Messi Helpless for Barca, Valencia win the Copa del Rey.

Valencia beats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey Final 2019.





Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo scored as a Valencia beat La Liga champions Barcelona to win 2-1 the Copa del Rey 2019.

Ernesto Valverde's side missed a chance to complete his second straight domestic double and fifth Copa del Rey final in a row after shocking defeat by Valencia.


Barcelona’s first defeat in the Copa del Rey since lost 2014 final, after that it suffered a stunning 4-0 turnaround at Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals, squandering in remarkable 3-0 first-leg wictory.




Valencia beats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey Final 2019.



 Valencia’s eighth Copa del Rey title and first since 2008 capped the celebrations of its 100th anniversary since its founding. After a poor start to the season, it came on strong and set a club record with 17 matches in a row without a loss en route to reaching fourth place in the league to clinch a Champions League berth. It also made the Europa League semifinals.


With Barcelona in disarray, Rodrigo made it 2-0 in the 33rd when Parejo broke Barcelona’s pressure, and launched Carlos Soler, who sprinted past Alba and sent a pin-point cross right to the head of Rodrigo.

Barcelona improved after Valverde sent on midfielder Arturo Vidal and forward Malcom for the second half for Nelson Semedo and Arthur, who have recently returned from injury.

Messi hit the far post in the 56th, then scored when Doménech did well to parry a header by Clement Lenglet from a corner by Malcom. The ball fell to Messi to finish off his 51st goal of the season.





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