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Copa del Rey match report Valencia v FC Barcelona 08 February 2018

Posted: 8 February 2018 Time: 23:44

FC Barcelona cruised into the Copa del Rey final after dispatching Valencia 2-0 in the second-leg of their semi-final on Thursday night.

Ernesto Valverde's charges took a slight advantage into the second leg, having won the first leg 1-0 at the Camp Nou.

Francis Coquelin had the first shot in anger in the seventh minute for the home side after playing a one-two with Simone Zaza but his low shot was collected by Jasper Cillessen.

Lionel Messi had a chance to open the scoring in the 15th minute from a free-kick on the edge of the area but his strike was punched away by goalkeeper Jaume Domenech.

Barça dominated possession after 25 minutes with the home side having to withstand the pressure from Ernesto Valverde’s troops.

Rodrigo went close to breaking the deadlock in the 33rd minute after combining well with Zaza just outside the box although his venomous striker was brilliantly saved by Cillessen.

Luis Suarez went close to grabbing the lead for the visitors on the stroke of halftime but his low shot from a crowded area inside the box was well saved by Domenech.

Philippe Coutinho broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half, tucking home at the back post following a cross from Suarez, 0-1 and 0-2 on aggregate.

Messi almost made it 2-0 with 20 minutes remaining on the clock after exchanging passes with Suarez, but the Argentine was denied by Domenech at full stretch.

Valencia were struggling to threaten Barça after 75 minutes and they were soon to be put out of their misery.

Ivan Rakitic took the game away from the hosts seven minutes before time with a low strike following a square ball from Suarez to seal Barca's spot in the final, where they will face Sevilla.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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