Valencia left the double dream of Barcelona in shreds at the Benito Villamarin with an exciting 2-1 Copa del Rey final performance in the heat of Seville on Saturday night.
It was no secret in the run-up to the game that they were studying the Anfield demolition of Ernesto Valverde, but no one expected them to produce an equally exciting and ruthless performance.
In the first 45 minutes they destroyed Lionel Messi, who was lost in a bunch of white shirt defenders without his friend Luis Suarez looking injured in the stands.
Valencia captain Dani Parejo lifts the Copa Del Rey trophy after his victory against Barcelona
Kevin Gameiro celebrates after his goal Valencia in the lead against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey final
Gameiro is delighted after his goal put Valencia in the lift during the collision in Seville on Saturday night
Gameiro sent the ball out of reach of goalkeeper Barcelona Jasper Cillessen in the Copa Del Rey final
Barcelona: Cillessen; Semedo (Malcom 46), Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic (Alena 76), Busquets, Arthur (Vidal 46); Roberto, Messi, Coutinho
Subs not used: Umtiti, Vermaelen, Pena, Perez
Target: Messi 73
Valencia: Domenech; Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Soler, Parejo (Kondogbia 65), Coquelin, Goncalo Guedes; Rodrigo (Diakhaby 88), Gameiro (Piccini 72)
Subs not used: Neto, Lato, Torres, Mina
goals: Gameiro 21, Rodrigo 33
You could have put a blue and white striped shirt on the Barca number 10, just like the ease with which he was chained and circumvented by the game.
He recovered in the second half and gave Barcelona hope scores up close, but they had had too much to do through the first half of goals from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrgio. This defeat will now certainly speed up the signing of Antoine Griezmann. Messi needs more help than this. Suarez was on the field at the end to comfort him. Barcelona did not have enough in reserve without the Uruguayan.
Valencia could have scored after only five minutes when Clement Lenglet gave them their first chance. His pass over the face of his own goal went to Rodrigo, who toured Jasper Cillessen. It was Gerard Pique who hurried back to clear the line – the warning signs were there but were not followed.
Parejo celebrates the success of Valencia after the final whistle after the collision in Seville
The Valencia players, including midfielder Francis Coquelin, celebrate that their match was 2-0 against Barcelona
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is crushed due to Valencia & # 39; s second goal in the Copa Del Rey final on Saturday
Messi can't believe if Barcelona leaves two goals against Valencia in the Copa Del Rey final
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique gets frustrated when Barcelona falls against Valencia
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde shows his disappointment if his match stays behind against Valencia
The opener finally came to 22 minutes when Barcelona was undone by Valencia & # 39; s G-Force. Gabriel played a beautiful pass from the field to Jose Gaya and when he had crossed Gameiro, he had time and space on the edge of the area. Jordi Alba finally dived to avert the danger, but the French jumped away before he buried a shot past Cillessen.
Valencia doubled their lead in 33 minutes and it was Rodrigo who got the goal. The ball was played over the top of Jordi Alba and he was ready for pace and power by Carlos Soler. The abandoned nightmare of Spain against Liverpool still seems to haunt him. Soler's cross was so good that Rodrigo simply had to take it. His run was perfect and he planted his forehead to make it 2-0.
Barcelona succeeded in a late first half of the flurry with recordings by Ivan Rakitic and Messi finally gave Jaume Domenech something to do, but they ended up in the tunnel 2-0 during the break.
Rodrigo celebrates his goal, which doubled Valencia's lead in the 33rd minute of the match against Barcelona
Rodrigo is delighted after his goal has further strengthened Valencia's chances of winning over Barcelona
Rodrigo & # 39; s goal added Valencia's lead in the Copa Del Rey final and created even more problems for Barcelona
The Valencia players cheer after the Gameiro goal and put them ahead in their encounter with Barcelona
Lionel Messi scored in the 73rd minute to bring back a goal for Barcelona, but it was not enough to prevent a defeat
Messi is congratulated by Arturo Vidal as the Barcelona players race back to the half chasing the goal
With Malcom and Arturo Vidal at rest, Messi was reborn in the second half. He sent a free kick just over the crossbar and then hit a post after Malcom and Vidal had combined well.
When the brilliant captain of Valencia, Dani Parejo, stumbled away midway through the second half, hope was added that Barcelona could enter the game again. Philippe Coutinho – who was largely ineffective – managed to make a test shot and with Gerard Pique now in a permanent middle position, Valencia staggered.
Messi shot across the street to take all the corners, but at 73 minutes he left Malcom to hit one. Lenglet took the ball and number 10 was free to score when the ball looked up.
The last few minutes have been nervous. Marcelino took a huge gamble by shooting both of his attackers and encouraging defensive players. That would have been a huge problem if the game had gone to extra time, but it never did.
Valencia held on. They will now have one of the biggest parties the club has seen. Barcelona will need another review, and maybe a few quick signings to get the sting out of such a disappointing end of the season.
Messi grabs the ball and looks to restart the game as quickly as possible, while Barcelona is looking for another goal
Valencia coach Marcelino urges his players to remain calm despite the fact that they have taken the lead in the controversial meeting
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique tries to keep his possession while being pressured by Gameiro
Messi tries to make an impact for Barcelona during the first half of the Copa Del Rey final
Barcelona center back Clement Lenglet in action with Valencia striker Gameiro during the cup meeting
Nelson Semedo, the Barcelona right back, competing for the ball with Valencia left back Jose Gaya
Messi goes for goal with a free kick but the Argentinian star just couldn't find it on a disappointing night for Barcelona
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