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

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

Coutinho came off the bench at halftime and scored a vital goal not even four minutes later in Barcelona's Copa del Rey semifinal second leg against Valencia.

The all-time record holders of the trophy, who are aiming to lift it for the 30th time, saw off Los Che in an exciting clash at a fiery Mestalla, with Ivan Rakitic grabbing the second goal late on to seal the victory. The Uruguayan striker skinned Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on the left wing before playing a brilliant ball across the box for Coutinho, with the playmaker on hand to stretch and fire back across Jauame's goal and into the far corner. For me, it will be my first final [with Barca] and it's an important moment.

They were condemned to a sixth straight defeat in all competitions as Suarez pounced on a Gabriel Paulista error and set up Rakitic to make it 2-0 on the night.

The three-time defending champions next face Sevilla in a repeat of the 2016 final. 'I was looking for the goal in the first few games and today I got it and, most importantly, helped the team reach the final'.

The Catalan giants went into the game 1-0 up from the first leg after Luis Suarez struck at the Nou Camp last week. Valencia was attempting to make it to the Copa final for the first time since 2007-08, when it won its seventh title after eliminating Barcelona in the semifinals.

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The home side continued to threaten as the half went on and they went close in the 28th minute when Jasper Cillessen superbly turned way Simone Zaza's powerful strike.

But Cillessen proved his worth this evening with a stunning stop to deny Jose Gaya, palming away his volley.

Valencia had two golden chances in the first half, but Rodrigo's effort hit the woodwork and Francis Coquelin's shot was saved.

Ernesto Valverde made one change to the team that played the first-leg as Andre Gomes replaced Aleix Vidal on the right flank.

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