Barcelona needed a trophy to ease their Champions League sorrow however rather tumbled to another stun rout as Valencia pulled off an exciting 2-1 triumph on Saturday to win the Copa del Rey.
Valencia’s Spanish forward Rodrigo Moreno holds up their trophy fatter winning the 2019 Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) final football match between Barcelona and Valencia on May 25, 2019, at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla. – Barcelona wanted a trophy to ease their Champions League heartache but instead fell to another shock defeat as Valencia pulled off a thrilling 2-1 victory today to win the Copa del Rey. (Photo/ AFP)
Pursuing a record fifth continuous triumph, Barca were fixed by a steady and gutsy Valencia side, who held tight after Lionel Messi dismantled an objective back to set up a sensational finish in Seville.
By at that point, Valencia was at that point two up, Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo scoring twice in 13 mad first-half minutes, after the last spurned a brilliant early possibility that could have saved them a nerve-destroying most recent 17 minutes.
Messi drove the rebound exertion and Goncalo Guedes twice ought to have wrapped it up for Valencia, missing a one-on-one and afterward an open goal before the final whistle sparked pandemonium.
Valencia’s mentor Marcelino, who may have been sacked when his team were four points off relegation in January, dashed around the field contribute a free for all. Barcelona’s players sank to their knees.
“We generally had confidence,” said Marcelino. “Beating Barcelona to win the cup is exceptional. We had the right to win.”
Messi conceded on Friday his team had still not recuperated from the “hard blow” endured against Liverpool and unquestionably, they appeared to be excessively effectively debilitated here, finding their battle just once it was past the point of no return.
Messi likewise advocated Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde, however, it stays to be seen whether the support of the board stays after two loathsome defeat has now ruined such a brilliant La Liga achievement.
“I’m fine,” Valverde said. “At the point when a coach loses you need to go once more, to battle to defeat the following challenge. I know losing for this club is hard.”
“I don’t believe it’s the coach shortcoming,” said president Josep Maria Bartomeu. “I think he has worked superbly,” included Gerard Pique. “Yet, it doesn’t rely upon us.
” They came here as top choices, yet just barely, their 1,457 successive days as Copa del Rey champions under risk, from their very own feeling of emptying, key players out harmed and Valencia’s ongoing flood.
On the off chance that Barca’s season everything except finished three weeks back, Valencia’s seemingly discovered life a couple of days after the fact, as they moved into the best four out of the blue and after that clutched fit the bill for the Champions League.
Winning their first trophy since 2008, in the club’s centenary year, completes a remarkable comeback campaign that, after 15 games, had them languishing in 15th.
“We have made history,” said captain Dani Parejo. Gameiro added: “In the difficult moments we stayed close. I don’t have the words to describe it.
” Some saw a metaphor in Barcelona’s pre-match tifo, spelling out ‘All Together’ splitting down the middle, while there were key absentees from their starting line-up too, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele all injured.
Valencia ought to have been ahead inside five minutes, Clement Lenglet’s mistake sending Rodrigo clear however his completion was splendidly scooped off the line by the recuperating Gerard Pique.
Barca, with Sergio Busquets in the focal point of a back three, settled yet needed zip and in the 23rd minute, they were behind. Jose Gaya abandoned in behind Nelson Semedo and his draw back wrong-footed everybody with the exception of Gameiro, who fired in.
Semedo had been beaten down the left and soon after Jordi Alba was outrun down the right, by Carlos Soler, whose cross needed only to be nodded down and in by Rodrigo for number two.
Barcelona stirred before the break. Ivan Rakitic volleyed and then headed wide, before Messi registered their first shot on target in the 43rd minute.
Malcom and Arturo Vidal came on for Semedo and Arthur during the interval, as Barca turned the screw. Messi might have turned the match but after wriggling through his sumptuous flick towards the far corner brushed the post.
Provoke fired wide as Valencia dropped further. At last, Messi got through, the post this time his companion after Lenglet’s header struck the woodwork and landed sympathetic at his feet.
There were 17 minutes to endure and with six remainings, Messi headed over. The Valencia fans thundered and afterward again when Messi was confiscated by a sliding test.
Messi drove from the edge of the area however it was blocked and Guedes twice ought to have wrapped it up, first missing a one-on-one and after that an open goal when Jasper Cillessen had gone up for a corner. He was maybe as diminished as anybody when the whistle blew.