In spite of being topped Spanish champions, the Blaugrana have had a painful finish to the season
Valencia marked their centenary season in taste via surprising Barcelona to win their first trophy since 2008 with a 2-1 victory within the Copa del Rey last.
Barca’s Champions League hangover confirmed no indicators of lifting after that four-goal semi-final comeback victory via Liverpool at Anfield.
It intended a season which promised such a lot a month in the past ended with only a league identify, which was once wrapped up on April 27.
Valencia, who completed fourth in LaLiga, 26 issues in the back of Barca, took a 2-Zero first-half lead thru Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo or even Lionel Messi may no longer rescue his facet this time although he scored the target which arrange a frantic end.
Barca had been aiming for an remarkable fifth-successive Copa del Rey luck, and 7th in 11 years, however by no means recovered from going in the back of.
Having with ease received any other home identify, they put all their efforts into profitable the Champions League and their failure to even achieve the general after a 3-Zero first-leg lead over Jurgen Klopp’s facet seems to have weighed heavy at the gamers.
At the eve of the sport Messi mentioned: “It was once a in reality large blow which we gained at Anfield. It was once tricky to get again up. It was once one of the most worst studies in my occupation.”
Little did he realise there can be extra ache to observe in Actual Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville, the place temperatures on the 9pm native kick-off time had been nonetheless round 30 levels Celsius.
Valencia had simply 23 in step with cent ownership within the recreation however that was once no longer the statistic which mattered, particularly as, even if their fighters registered 26 makes an attempt, handiest six had been on course in 90 mins.
The reality Barca had been lacking Luis Suarez, who did not recuperate from a knee operation in time, was once a significant component.
Gameiro took his tally to 4 objectives in as many fits within the 21st minute, firing into the highest nook after Ezequiel Garay cleverly scale back the ball.
Barcelona had been reeling additional when Carlos Soler broke down the fitting, outsprinting Jordi Alba, to tee up Rodrigo to plant a header previous Jasper Cillessen.
Valencia’s two-goal half-time lead was once the primary in opposition to the 30-time winners within the last since Actual Madrid in 1974.
Ernesto Valderde instantly modified techniques for the second one 1/2, sending on winger Malcom for defender Nelson Semedo and Arturo Vidal for fellow midfielder Arthur.
Then again, Valencia had been first to threaten once more with Rodrigo having a shot stored earlier than, 11 mins in, Messi hit the crossbar after a one-two with Malcom.
It was once a caution no longer heeded as Clement Lenglet’s header hit the put up to permit Messi to tidy up and turn into the primary participant to attain in six other Copa del Rey finals.
Valencia had 17 mins to hold on and – in spite of the entirety thrown at them, together with centre-back Gerard Pique enjoying up entrance – they hung on to boost their first Copa del Rey in 11 years.