Wednesday February 8, 2012 Semifinal Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 2 - 0 Valencia CF

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    Barcelona ran out comfortable 2-0 winners in their Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia at the Nou Camp, winning 3-1 on aggregate. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Valencia CF
    • 90+3' The referee blows for full time and it'll be a brilliant final as Barca will meet Athletic Bilbao.
    • 90+2' Barca substitution: Cesc is replaced by the returning Andres Iniesta.
    • 90+1' Messi plays wide to Dani Alves and he really shouldn't be offside with plenty of time to look across the line.
    • 90' Valencia need two goal here and they've got frankly no chance of getting them. The fourth official indicates three minutes of stoppage time.
    • 89' Barca substitution: Cuenca is replaced by Tello, another youngster coming through the academy.
    • 88' Yet another corner after lovely work from Thiago. Short and this time it's poor and clear.
    • 87' Pique earns a corner out of Piatti. Played short and to the other side. Dani Alves plays into Messi, who plays back for Cuenca, but the defender is on the cover.
    • 86' Messi goes for the corner that Alves is covering and he's pretty comfortable as he tips it over the bar. Barca substitution: Alexis Sanchez is off for Dani Alves.
    • 85' Valencia substitution: Albelda is off for Parejo.
    • 84' A cynical foul from Cesc as he makes another break to get on the end of Messi's pass. A freekick from 25 yards...
    • 83' Tino Costa from the freekick goes for goal, but Pinto is comfortable at his near post and claims at the second attempt.
    • 82' Goal! Barca 2-0 Valencia - Messi plays to Alexis, who pulls it back to Cesc. It's just a wonderful little first time touch wide to Xavi and the midfielder smashes it into the top corner from 12 yards.
    • 81' Aduriz cuts in from the right beating both Pique and Mascherano, but hilariously slips as he shoot s and it's a complete air kick.
    • 80' Cuenca strides across the Valencia box but isn't gives the chance to shoot. Under pressure from Miguel he misplaces the pass.
    • 79' Valencia substitution: The ineffectual Jonas is off for Pablo Piatti.
    • 78' Messi plays the reverse ball for Sanchez, but he hadn't got motoring and the chance is gone.
    • 77' That red turns Valencia's task into a mountain. Barca have been all over them this second half and should already be out of sight.
    • 76' Puyol takes the ball out of defence and Feghouli is shown the red card! It's a second yellow for the Frenchman as his arm comes across Puyol's face in the challenge.
    • 75' Abidal in a difficult position plays a brilliant ball into the midfield. It opens up the entire pitch and Alexis breaks clear down the right. His cross in evades Messi and is cleared as Cuenca comes rushing on to it.
    • 74' Straight up the other end and it's three on two. Mathieu's cross comes in and Abidal hacks it clear for a corner. The corner in breaks to Jonas and on the halfvolley he smashes towards goal, tipped over by Pinto.
    • 73' Xavi waits for Messi to dart into the area, but for once his pass isn't great and it's cleared with ease.
    • 72' Aduriz handballs in the area from the corner and Xavi is through, fed by Messi...
    • 71' Puyol is outpaced with ease again by Alba, who is incredibly quick, but the captain gets a last gasp foot on it and he hooks clear.
    • 70' Sickeningly good play from Barca as they get out of a tight spot and up the field. Puyol doesn't quite have the imagination of his counterparts though as his cross is blocked and out for a corner.
    • 69' Pique with a stepover and cross on the left touchline and it's cleared away in the Valencia six yard box. Sanchez is caught offside, but he looks just about level. Cesc picks up a yellow card for his complaints.
    • 68' Messi plays the shorty corner, beats two men and dinks in a cross that's inexplicably left by the entire Valencia defence. They get lucky as no Barca shirts are lurking.
    • 67' Alexis turns Mathieu, but the Frenchman sticks out a foot and concedes the corner.
    • 66' Messi threads through to Xavi, who thinks about the return but in the end goes for the lob and it's narrowly over the crossbar though Alves probably had it covered.
    • 65' Puyol puts in an excellent low cross with his left foot in for the sliding Pique, but it's scrambled away.
    • 64' Another corner as the first is nodded out by a defender. The referee talks to both Pique and Mathieu after a bit of jostling.
    • 63' This keeper is close to invincible. Yet another defensive mistake and Messi is in after easil beating Rami. He dinks a little shot to the near post and Alves sticks out an instinctive left hand and puts it past the post.
    • 62' Cesc and Sanchez get out of a tight spot with just brilliance. Sanchez finally plays Cesc back in, but he overruns the ball as he beats the defender.
    • 61' Puyol heads down for Xavi. It's out to Cuenca, who can't quite trick his way past Feghouli.
    • 60' Abidal powers up the touchline with Miguel chasing him all the way. The Portuguese gets a touch on it and out for a throw.
    • 59' Aduriz is forced slightly out wide, but with Pinto rushing out lobs it over the keeper. Mascherano is on the cover though and heads the shot clear at the near post.
    • 58' Alba can't get away from Puyol and Pique with a couple of keepy uppies to clear the danger. He gets the foul as a high foot comes in.
    • 57' Miguel gets past the challenge of Cuenca, but it's pulled up for a foul. Valencia get a breather just by being on the ball for a few seconds.
    • 56' Xavi takes the corner and there's a flick on from Puyol. It flies across the face of goal and out.
    • 55' Messi darts through the gap in the defence and has to toe poke as Miguel is coming round on the cover, but another save from Alves!
    • 54' Cuenca cuts in from the right and plays a beautiful pass in behind Rami and Messi is on the end of it. His shot is first time and it hits the defender and lands on top of the crossbar!
    • 53' Fantastic ball from Cesc to Cuenca tempts the defender in and he doesn't get there. Cesc gets the return and threads through Messi, but his cross is cut out.
    • 52' Brilliant turn from Xavi and Ruiz picks up the yellow for a tug on the midfielder.
    • 51' Aduriz is again through, but the bounce holds up and his touch is poor and the chance is gone.
    • 50' Jonas with a poor through ball when in a good position and Barca are all over the place at the beginning of this second half.
    • 49' Good cover from Pique and Pinto follows it up by coming of his line well again to claim.
    • 48' Puyol tries to head on for the pacy Sanchez, but Mathieu is very quick as well and he gets there first.
    • 47' Alba should score as he beats Puyol for pace, but Pinto rushes out and blocks with his legs as saves the follow up header from a cross with ease.
    • 46' Barcelona get us back under way and Cuenca immediately wins the foul.
    • 45+1' Abidal badly over hits the cross and Ruiz can see it out for a throw in. The ref blows for half time. Decent first half, hopefully more of the same in the second.
    • 45' Thiago is tugged back from behind and Feghouli picks up a deserved yellow card.
    • 44' Sanchez is fouled out on the right touchline by Ruiz. After a promising start from Valencia, it's all become a bit predictable.
    • 43' Messi with relaxed brilliance as he keeps the ball for about 20 seconds in midfield, jinking past a host of challenges.
    • 42' Pique wins the throw with his options cut out near the corner flag. A long throw from Barca! Valencia have it back.
    • 41' Barca are happy just to keep it in midfield until the long ball over the top for Sanchez has way too much on it and goes straight out of play.
    • 40' It all parted for Jonas for just a second, but as he shoots Pique rushes in to block. It's straight up the other end and Sanchez is called up for offside.
    • 39' Cesc is fouled by Banega and it allows Barca some breathing space in defence. Alves comes out to head clear a through ball and surprisingly Messi overhits on the run and it's straight out of play.
    • 38' It's a really nice break from Valencia with lots of intricate passing, but Pique slides in to clear the danger.
    • 37' Sanchez gets the ball out wide and plays back in to Cesc, who dinks his way past a couple of challenges and shoots low towards the near post - another good save from Alves!
    • 36' Aduriz tries to thred one through to Jonas, but their final ball just hasn't been good enough so far tonight.
    • 34' Thiago gets the decision and Barca work their way up the pitch, taking their time. Abidal loses the ball high up the pitch, but quickly won back and Xavi smacks one straight at Alves from 25 yards.
    • 33' Rami with a poor ball as it flies straight out of play for a Barca goal kick.
    • 32' It looks like Sanchez is fouled, but suddenly Cesc is in again! Awful touch from Ruiz, but Cesc can only hit into the legs of Alves.
    • 31' Thiago with a delightful little attempt to play in Messi and it's just about cut out.
    • 30' Cuenca and Messi try a one-two though the Spaniard didn't seem prepared for it. Barca still with the ball though...
    • 29' Valencia have a real chance to break, but lose the ball sloppily in midfield. Aduriz almost gets on a through ball, but Pinto is there to claim.
    • 28' Superb pass from Cesc first time for Sanchez, his shot takes a slight deflection and out for a corner.
    • 27' Feghouli loses the ball, but Messi is offside as Xavi plays to his feet. Valencia play with fire as they try to play out of defence Barca style.
    • 26' Xavi touches it to Messi and he drives low to the near post and Alves does well as the wall fails to do it's job.
    • 25' Brilliant play in the midfield from Cesc, Messi and co. Ruiz brings down Messi and it's a freekick well within shooting range...
    • 24' Puyol goes down to his knees to chest the ball down, but he can't keep hold of it and Valencia win it back.
    • 23' Cesc's lay off is mistimed and he hits it straight out of play. He wins it back though quickly.
    • 22' Thiago did well to get out of the way of that challenge, it was a nasty one.
    • 21' Jonas wins the freekick as he's swarmed by three Barca shirts. Poor challenge from Aduriz and he picks up a yellow.
    • 20' Aduriz is caught offside and Barca have suddenly taken complete control. Thiago plays out to Messi and he can't quite get his shot off as he cuts in.
    • 19' Cuenca on the follow up and his shot goes agonisingly wide of the near post. Should have put that away.
    • 18' Puyol playing at right back isn't entirely comfortable. He loses the ball, but a mistake and Messi's through! Rami passes straight to the little man, who runs at goal, a little tug from Rami doesn't bring him down, but his shot is saved.
    • 17' Rami deepest played Cesc on, and the keeper should have done better. A preventable goal, but Barca did brilliantly to take full advantage.
    • 16' Goal! Barca 1-0 Valencia - Amazing ball from Messi - about a 50 yard pass and Cesc is at full pelt to get on the end of it. From a tight angle Cesc lobs the ball past Alves, who hesitated when coming out.
    • 15' Sanchez nicks the ball high up the pitch, but Alba is quicker off the march and gets the ball back.
    • 14' Mascherano goes down holding his face as he is caught by a stray elbow when challenging for the high ball.
    • 13' Brilliant ball from Mathieu into Feghouli, who strikes from 18 yards and it's into the side netting! Excellent play from Valencia.
    • 12' Alba gets away with a mistake as Sanchez is incorrectly penalised for a foul as he got past the defender.
    • 11' Thiago's flick loses possession, but Banega can't find the through ball as Puyol cuts it out.
    • 10' Messi picks up the ball, to Sanchez, to Cesc, whose lay off Sanchez can't quite get back on the end of.
    • 9' Sanchez gets fouled on the halfway line as he comes deep to collect the ball. Pique fins Abidal, who loses the ball.
    • 8' Barca pressure Valencia all the way back to Alves, who clears long. It's a good ball, but Feghouli can't keep it in.
    • 7' Alba tries to win the corner, but the ball comes back off his ankles and out for a goal kick.
    • 6' Abidal with a good header back to his keeper and Pinto gets the ball rolling. He's not nearly as good as Valdes on the ball though and his long pass goes straight out of touch.
    • 5' Puyol loses the ball, but Cesc is on the cover and cleans up. It's at the concession of a throw though and Miguel launches it right out of play.
    • 4' Mascherano commits a silly foul and Banega again puts in the box, this time from deep. The header comes back across the box and Mathieu has a swipe at it, but with his weaker foot and it's not even close.
    • 3' Good start from Valencia, looking composed in possession and harrying Barca straight away as soon as they get the ball.
    • 2' Banega takes the freekick but it's poor and Messi scampers away. Pure weight of numbers stops the Argentinian and Banega takes a woeful shot from distance.
    • 1' Valencia get the match underway , Feghouli wins the freekick straight away up against Abidal - dangerous position...
    • 19:55 The Catalan giants haven't lost a competitive match at Camp Nou since September 2010. They're also the most successful side in Copa history, having won it 25 times.
    • 19:50 Barcelona: Pinto, Puyol, Mascherano, Pique, Abidal, Thiago, Xavi, Cesc, Cuenca, Alexis, Messi Subs: Correia, Bartra, Alves, Iniesta, Dos Santos, Tello, Valdes. /// Valencia: Alves, Miguel, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Albelda, Banega, Feghouli, Mathieu, Jonas, Aduriz. Subs: Costa, Bruno, Parejo, Guaita, Bernat, Piatti, Costa.
    • 19:45 The first leg finished 1-1, Puyol equalising after Jonas opened the scoring for Valencia. Should be a decent match tonight with both teams fielding strong sides...
    • 19:35 Hello and welcome to Eurosport UK's live minute-by-minute coverage of the Copa del Ray semi-final second leg encounter between Barcelona and Valencia from the Camp Nou.
  • Summary

    • 82' Goal! Barca 2-0 Valencia - Messi plays to Alexis, who pulls it back to Cesc. It's just a wonderful little first time touch wide to Xavi and the midfielder smashes it into the top corner from 12 yards.
    • 81' Aduriz cuts in from the right beating both Pique and Mascherano, but hilariously slips as he shoot s and it's a complete air kick.
    • 76' Puyol takes the ball out of defence and Feghouli is shown the red card! It's a second yellow for the Frenchman as his arm comes across Puyol's face in the challenge.
    • 74' Straight up the other end and it's three on two. Mathieu's cross comes in and Abidal hacks it clear for a corner. The corner in breaks to Jonas and on the halfvolley he smashes towards goal, tipped over by Pinto.
    • 63' This keeper is close to invincible. Yet another defensive mistake and Messi is in after easil beating Rami. He dinks a little shot to the near post and Alves sticks out an instinctive left hand and puts it past the post.
    • 59' Aduriz is forced slightly out wide, but with Pinto rushing out lobs it over the keeper. Mascherano is on the cover though and heads the shot clear at the near post.
    • 55' Messi darts through the gap in the defence and has to toe poke as Miguel is coming round on the cover, but another save from Alves!
    • 54' Cuenca cuts in from the right and plays a beautiful pass in behind Rami and Messi is on the end of it. His shot is first time and it hits the defender and lands on top of the crossbar!
    • 47' Alba should score as he beats Puyol for pace, but Pinto rushes out and blocks with his legs as saves the follow up header from a cross with ease.
    • 37' Sanchez gets the ball out wide and plays back in to Cesc, who dinks his way past a couple of challenges and shoots low towards the near post - another good save from Alves!
    • 32' It looks like Sanchez is fouled, but suddenly Cesc is in again! Awful touch from Ruiz, but Cesc can only hit into the legs of Alves.
    • 19' Cuenca on the follow up and his shot goes agonisingly wide of the near post. Should have put that away.
    • 18' Puyol playing at right back isn't entirely comfortable. He loses the ball, but a mistake and Messi's through! Rami passes straight to the little man, who runs at goal, a little tug from Rami doesn't bring him down, but his shot is saved.
    • 16' Goal! Barca 1-0 Valencia - Amazing ball from Messi - about a 50 yard pass and Cesc is at full pelt to get on the end of it. From a tight angle Cesc lobs the ball past Alves, who hesitated when coming out.
    • 13' Brilliant ball from Mathieu into Feghouli, who strikes from 18 yards and it's into the side netting! Excellent play from Valencia.
    • 19:50 Barcelona: Pinto, Puyol, Mascherano, Pique, Abidal, Thiago, Xavi, Cesc, Cuenca, Alexis, Messi Subs: Correia, Bartra, Alves, Iniesta, Dos Santos, Tello, Valdes. /// Valencia: Alves, Miguel, Rami, Victor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Albelda, Banega, Feghouli, Mathieu, Jonas, Aduriz. Subs: Costa, Bruno, Parejo, Guaita, Bernat, Piatti, Costa.

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