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Spain: Valencia shock Barcelona to win Copa del Rey

Spain, Sevilla
May 26, 2019 at 01:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Valencia denied La Liga champions Barcelona the chance of a domestic double in the final of the Copa del Rey in Sevilla on Saturday.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic admitted that the loss "hurt" and his side would need to be "self-critical" in the off-season after suffering damaging defeats to both Valencia and Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals.

Valencia's captain Dani Parejo was "speechless" after winning his first trophy at Valencia since joining the club eight years ago.

Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo scored two first half goals and despite Lionel Messi's 73rd-minute strike, Barca fell short.

After the match, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu backed Valverde to continue at the Nou Camp.

This was Valencia's first piece of silverware for 11 years, when they last won the Copa del Rey.

Victory also meant coach Marcelino Garcia Toral ended a personal 20-game winless run in all competitions against Barcelona.

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Valencia denied La Liga champions Barcelona the chance of a domestic double in the final of the Copa del Rey in Sevilla on Saturday.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic admitted that the loss "hurt" and his side would need to be "self-critical" in the off-season after suffering damaging defeats to both Valencia and Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals.

Valencia's captain Dani Parejo was "speechless" after winning his first trophy at Valencia since joining the club eight years ago.

Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo scored two first half goals and despite Lionel Messi's 73rd-minute strike, Barca fell short.

After the match, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu backed Valverde to continue at the Nou Camp.

This was Valencia's first piece of silverware for 11 years, when they last won the Copa del Rey.

Victory also meant coach Marcelino Garcia Toral ended a personal 20-game winless run in all competitions against Barcelona.

M/S Lionel Messi leaving the stadium, Sevilla

M/S Arturo Vidal and Jeison Murillo leaving

SOT, Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona midfielder (Spanish): "It wasn't to be. We need to be self-critical, in truth. It hurts a lot to have ended the season with a loss, especially in the cup final. So we will have to analyse what happened, we won La Liga, reached the final and the semi-finals of the Champions League is a good season. The expectations placed on us are always a lot higher. That's why we're Barca. We want to be the best team in the world. Today's loss hurts a lot, given we were so close. The team will have to answer questions, we will come back and prepare properly for next season."

M/S Gerard Pique speaking to media

M/S Philippe Coutinho leaving

SOT, Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona midfielder (Spanish): "Of course. I can't end the game with a smile on my face. If I come out with a smile on my face, I deserve a smack on the head. About that, it's my mistake alone [for pulling a face when substituted]. Above all, it only reflects my will to help the team win right until the end. However, I must respect the manager's decisions, as I always do."

M/S Arthur leaving

M/S Jordi Alba leaving

M/S Kevin-Prince Boateng and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen leaving

C/U Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde speaking to media

SOT, Dani Parejo, Valencia captain (Spanish): "What an incredible feeling. There are a heap of emotions right now. Indescribable. It is my first trophy at a club level for Valencia, after eight seasons. The truth is, I am speechless right now."

M/S Valencia players leaving

SOT, Kevin Gameiro, Valencia striker (Spanish): "Yes, [I'm delighted] of course. We began the season a little poorly but since then we've had a great second half of the season. We've also gone all out with a trophy, which is exactly what we wanted."

M/S Parejo speaking to media

SOT, Daniel Wass, Valencia defender (Spanish): "I keep playing how I'm playing, with the same belief and now an incredible season with a trophy to boot. Not only for us, but the entire club, the fans. It has been an incredible year for everyone. Enjoy it."

C/U Copa del Rey Final 2019 advertising hoarding

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