Barca's double hopes end with Copa del Rey loss

Barca's double hopes end with Copa del Rey loss

25/05/2019

Barcelona's hopes of a domestic double were extinguished on Saturday after a 2-1 defeat to Valencia in the Copa del Rey final.

The Blaugrana, who locked up the league title back in April, were looking for a second straight sweep of Spanish titles at the Benito Villamar?n in Seville. But first-half goals from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo put them under deep pressure heading into the break and Lionel Messi's strike with 17 minutes remaining wasn't enough as Valencia held on for their eighth Copa crown.

Barcelona were lucky not to be down after just five minutes when a bad giveaway from Clement Lenglet played Rodrigo into the box with only Jasper Cillessen to beat. But the Dutch goalkeeper did enough to push him wide and allow Gerard Pique time to get behind and clear the Brazilian's shot off the line.

Valencia didn't take long to finally breakthrough, however, and it was Gameiro who did the honours in the 21st minute -- the France international firing high and out of Cillessen's reach from the centre of the box after being found in space by a Jose Gaya cross from the left.

Marcelino's men doubled their advantage 12 minutes later when an unmarked Rodrigo nodded home at close range from a fired-in Carlos Soler cross from the right.

Barca pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute through Messi, who pounced on the rebound after a Lenglet header forced a reflex-save from Jaume Domenech after a corner.

However, it wasn't enough and Valencia ended the Catalan's run of four straight Copa del Rey titles with the win.

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