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Copa del Rey Final – Sevilla 0-5 Barcelona: Catalans win cup in style

A five star performance from Barcelona saw the Camp Nou side make it four Copa del Rey titles in a row with a 5-0 win over Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano. The La Liga leaders took less than quarter of an hour to open the scoring with a goal that was the definition of route one. Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen set Philippe Coutinho free with a long punt up field with the Brazilian squaring to Luis Suarez to tap Barcelona into the lead. Sevilla had a good chance to equalise just…

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No broadcaster has acquired rights to Copa del Rey Final yet

With less than a month to go before the Copa del Rey final takes place, no broadcaster has the TV rights to show the game in Spain. This is because the CNMC  (National Comission of Markets and Competition) has deemed the tender for rights to the 2018 final and ‘Super Copa’ matches don’t adhere to regulations. The CNMC has requested that the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) re-launch the tender to “receive the offers in a transparent, competitive and a non-discriminatory way.” The CNMC published a press release on its…

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Copa del Rey final tickets set to be cheaper; Wanda chosen

With the finalists for this seasons Copa del Rey confirmed and now the Wanda Metropolitano confirmed as the stadium to host the final, the Spanish FA met on Sunday and it was proposed that prices for the final were to be made cheaper. This comes after not many fans came to the final last season at the Vincente Calderon as it saw Barcelona run out victors over Alaves. The idea for cheaper tickets this time round came from president Juan Luis Larrea as it came out that local fans last season…

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Coutinho delighted with first Barca goal

Philippe Coutinho has spoken of his delight after scoring his first Barcelona goal to seal their passage to the Copa del Rey final on Thursday evening. Luis Suarez’s close range header in the second half in the first leg at the Camp Nou last week gave Barca a slender advantage to take to Valencia but Los Che were by no means out of the tie. The best chance of the first half fell the way of Valencia when Rodrigo saw his header come crashing off the underside of the bar…

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Valencia 0-2 Barcelona (Agg 0-3): Barca make it five finals in a row

Barcelona will play Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano in the Copa del Rey final after their 2-0 win over Valencia at the Mestalla completed a 3-0 aggregate win in their semi final clash. Luis Suarez’s close range header in the second half in the first leg at the Camp Nou last week gave Barca a slender advantage to take to Valencia but Los Che were by no means out of the tie. The best chance of the first half fell the way of Valencia when Rodrigo saw his header come…

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Valverde believes ‘injured’ Pique to start against Valencia

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said he expects Gerard Pique to start Thursday evening’s tie with Valencia. The Catalan centre-back scored the equaliser against rivals Espanyol on Sunday afternoon but finished the game with a knock after a rough challenge from Gerard Moreno. The 31-year-old was set for a month out, according to various reports – and was expected to miss the upcoming Champions League clash with Chelsea later this month. Early reports claimed Pique will be back in early March, meaning Valverde now had limited defensive options ahead of the…

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Marcelino warns his players ahead of Barca tie

Valencia boss Marcelino Garcia Toral has told his players to take Thursday evening’s Copa del Rey clash with Barcelona with care and sense. Los Che are 1-0 down after Luis Suarez’s strike last Thursday at the Mestalla and they are underdogs heading into the second leg at the Camp Nou. Having had a good season in the league thus far, Valencia have been impressing on all accounts and deservedly are in the latter stages of the cup but they must produce a big performance against Ernesto Valverde’s men to progress….

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Montella celebrates ‘special night’ as Sevilla reach Copa final

Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella has heaped praise on his players for their win over Leganes on Wednesday evening, which saw them reach the Copa del Rey final. Dimtris Siovas’ header in the first leg cancelled out Luis Muriel’s first half strike to set up the second leg perfectly at one goal apiece. Vincenzo Montella chose the same starting eleven as last week for the hosts with Leganes boss Asier Garitano making three changes from the first leg, Diego Rico, Ruben Perez and Javier Eraso replacing Raul Garcia, Gerard Gumbau and…

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Garitano admits defeat after Leganes’ Copa exit

Leganes boss Asier Garitano has admitted that Sevilla were the better side over the Copa del Rey semi-final two legged affair which ended on Wednesday night. Dimtris Siovas’ header in the first leg cancelled out Luis Muriel’s first half strike to set up the second leg perfectly at one goal apiece. Vincenzo Montella chose the same starting eleven as last week for the hosts with Leganes boss Asier Garitano making three changes from the first leg, Diego Rico, Ruben Perez and Javier Eraso replacing Raul Garcia, Gerard Gumbau and Darko…

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