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Copa del Rey

  • 21 April 2011
  • • 01:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 55000

Live Commentary

  •'s Ben Hayward gives us a final reaction from the Mestalla: Only Madrid fans left in the stadium. They're not going anywhere. As the players do their lap of honour, Barca's supporters are already hitting the bars outside the Mestalla. But Madrid - players and fans - are milking these celebrations. Hala Madrid and A la Mourinho - they're back on the map.
  • Casillas lifts the Copa del Rey trophy for Madrid! The captain had a fantastic game tonight, making several top saves against Barcelona. The 'keeper brings the trophy down onto the pitch to celebrate with his teammates.
  • The Madrid players are over the moon with the victory as they watch their Barcelona counterparts pick up their runners-up trophy. This is Mourinho's first victory versus the Blaugrana while he's been at Madrid. Guardiola also loses his unbeaten record in el Clasicos as coach.
  • Ben Hayward's reaction from the Mestalla: Huge roars from the Madrid end at the final whistle - almost three years of frustration all let out in one explosion of elation. This means a lot to them."Sí, sí, así gana el Madrid", they sing. "That's how Madrid win." They are happy with Mourinho and they are showing it. It's a Clasico and it's about winning.
  • 120' + 2'
    FULL-TIME! REAL MADRID WIN THE COPA DEL REY! Ronaldo's goal in the 103rd minute decides the 107th Copa del Rey. Los Blancos' first trophy since the 2007-08 La Liga title win. The club have since spent €400 million on players but can add another cup to the trophy room.
  • 120' + 1'
    SubstitutionAdriano Maxwell
  • 120' + 1'
    Yellow/Red Ángel Di María
  • 120' + 1'
    Can any of Mourinho's teams end a game versus Barcelona with 11 men? DI MARIA IS OFF! The Argentine is red-carded for a second bookable offence for sliding Messi.
  • 120'
    Garay replaces Carvalho as los Blancos have the ball right where they want it, near the Barca corner-flag. Is it over for Guardiola's men?
  • 119'
    SubstitutionRicardo Carvalho Ezequiel Garay
  • 119'
    IMPORTANT SAVE FROM PINTO! Madrid look like taking a 2-0 lead late on when Adebayor races clear but his 20 yard effort is blocked by the legs of Pinto. The ball rebounds to Ronaldo on the edge of the box shoots but sees his shot blocked by Alves.
  • 118'
    Yellow Card Adriano
  • 117'
    More from's Ben Hayward, live from the Mestalla: "Viva España" sing the Madrid fans. Nothing to be head from the Barca fans now, though. They appear to have given up hope, although still raise a shout occasionally to jeer Madrid players.
  • 115'
    Pique is now playing upfront for the Champions but they just cannot find a way through this Madrid defence as Messi sees his shot just inside the area blocked by Pepe.
  • 112'
    Barcelona are struggling to reply to that Ronaldo goal with time running out. The Catalans may have one hand on the La Liga title but a cup final defeat will really hurt Guardiola's men, especially ahead of these club's meetings in the Champions League semi-final.
  • 109'
    Los Blancos are doing a very good job of seeing this game out as Busquets is replaced with Milito. Can the Catalans reply?
  • 108'
    SubstitutionBusquets Seydou Keita
  • 108'
    Ben Hayward: "A por ellos" sing the Madrid fans. That's what Spain fans sing. It means: let's go and get them. Quite.
  • 106'
    SubstitutionDavid Villa Ibrahim Afellay
  • 106'
    We're back underway in extra-time. The Blaugrana have made their first change of the night with Afellay replacing the ineffective Villa. Unhappy return to the Mestalla for the Spanish record goalscorer who has now gone 11 games without a goal.
  • 105'
    HALF-TIME IN EXTRA-TIME! Madrid lead through Ronaldo's powerful header. Barcelona have 15 minutes to get back into this one. Otherwise the Copa del Rey trophy will be heading back to the Bernabeu for this first time since 1993!
  • 104'
    SubstitutionSami Khedira Esteban Granero
  • 104'
    Ben Hayward who is at the Mestalla gives us the reaction after that goal: Now there's some noise. Madrid's end erupts with joy. And it's still loud now. White flags aplenty being waved too, but just a few months after losing 5-0 to Barca, there's no surrendering now from Mourinho's men; it's pure elation for Real fans.
  • 103'
    Assist Ángel Di María
  • 103'
    Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 103'
    1-0 REAL MADRID! THE DEADLOCK IS BROKEN! Superb goal from Ronaldo. Di Maria and Marcelo play a wonderful one-two to beat Alves before the Argentine winger sends an inviting cross into the box. Ronaldo leaps higher than anyone else to thunder a header past the helpless Pinto.
  • 101'
    Barcelona have men in the box but Xavi decides to send his free-kick 35 yards from goal in the direction of Messi who is eventually dispossessed by two Madrid defenders. Los Blancos are playing with a terrific work-ethic. How are they keeping this up?
  • 98'
    RONALDO COMES CLOSE! Quality counter-attack from Madrid as Alonso plays a great ball into the path of Ronaldo. The Portuguese winger sprints clear of Adriano and co but narrowly drages his shot wide if goal with Pinto at full-stretch.
  • 97'
    The Catalan club are controlling possession at the moment but Madrid have everyone back defending bar Adebayor. It will take something special to break down this resilient los Blancos side.
  • 95'
    Ben Hayward, live from the Mestalla: Some Barca fans responding, but most of the Catalans seem somwehat bemused after having won five Clasico clashes in a row before the weekend. As many Madrid fans said today in the build-up to this match, Mourinho has given them their pride back. And you can hear it in their voices.
  • 94'
    Slow start to extra-time with Barca slowly playing the ball around the field. The last time a Copa del Rey final went to penalties was in the 1997-98 season. Barcelona beat Mallorca 5-4 penalties after the game finished 1-1. The location? Why the Mestalla of course.
  • 91'
    Extra-time begins here. This is now as much of a mental battle as it is physical. As mentioned earlier, 104 games between this sides this season and so far we have seen only one substitution. Both coaches are being very cautious.
  • 90' + 2'
    EXTRA-TIME IT IS! 0-0 after 90 minutes so we will go to extra-time with the possibility of penalties to follow. It's been an extremely watchable tactical battle so far. Madrid were the better team in the first period with the Blaugrana upping their game in the second. Both 'keeper have made several important stops. Will there be a goal in this one or are we heading for the russian roulette that is a penalty shoot-out?
  • 90'
    BRILLIANT SAVE FROM PINTO! Di Maria strikes the ball 25 yards from goal.His fierce strike takes a slight deflection off the head of Pique but Barca's Portuguese shot-stopper tips the ball over the crossbar. Late pressure from Madrid
  • 88'
    Ben Hayward's reaction to Pinto's unexpected skill on the ball: Pinto got himself in something of a mess as he charged off his line there, but Barca fans - having breathed a sign of relief - chanted their keeper's name to support Victor Valdes' stand-in. After all, he may need his confidence to save some penalties later.
  • 87'
    BIG TACKLE FROM ALVES! Ronaldo finds himself in the box 15 yards out from goal. It looks like the Portuguese star is about to make it 1-0 but Alves executes a perfect sliding tackle to dispossess Ronaldo.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Ángel Di María
  • 85'
    Skillful play from...Pinto. The 'keeper charges out of his goal to beat Adebayor to the ball before calmly laying it off to Mascherano. Nerves? What nerves?
  • 83'
    We're heading towards the 90 minute mark here at the Mestalla and it's still 0-0. The Blaugrana are looking the likelier to open the scoring at the moment but it appears we could be heading into extra-time. Squeaky-bum time?
  • 82''s Ben Hayward: Barca fans willing their team forward now with roars of approval. They sense that Madrid are there for the taking. Eery silence from the fans in white
  • 81'
    BRILLIANT SAVE FROM CASILLAS! Messi finds Iniesta free in the box who squeezes a shot at goal from 12 yards out. However the Madrid shot-stopper is on cue to tip the ball around the post for a corner.
  • 79'
    Los Blancos have lost two Copa del Rey finals since their victory in 1993. Deportivo defeated the club 2-1 in 2002 while Zaragoza were 3-2 victors after extra time in 2005. Could we see a repeat this evening?
  • 77'
    Alves tries his luck with a 35 yard free-kick but it's a very poor attempt as the ball clears the crossbar by several yards. Barcelona have looked very lively these last seven minutes.
  • 75'
    CLOSE AGAIN FROM BARCELONA! Xavi finds Pedro in space in the Barcelona box who attempts to chip Casillas from an angle 12 yards out. It's a very good effort but the Spanish number one gets his fingertips to the ball to turn it to safety.
  • 74'
    Yellow Card Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 74'
    Busquets finds Alves brilliantly who cuts the ball back to Messi who shoots from 15 yards. However Casillas makes a great save as Villa fails to capitalise on the rebound.
  • 73''s Ben Hayward brings us the reactions of the supporters after that disallowed Pedro goal straight from the Mestalla: Plenty of noise there, too. An eruption of joy at the Barca end was followed by loud cheers from the Madrid fans after Villa's effort was disallowed. Now it's gone a bit quiet again, though. These fans expect to win all the time.
  • 71'
    Oezil has been replaced by Adebayor. The German playmaker was impressive in the second-half but has struggled to make an impact in the second. Mourinho waits until there is 20 minutes to go to bring a recognised striker onto the pitch. Can the Togolese player score the winner?
  • 70'
    SubstitutionMesut Özil Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 69'
    DISALLOWED GOAL FOR BARCELONA! Messi makes a scintillating run before sliding the ball through to Pedro who calmly strokes the ball past Casillas from 12 yards. However, the linesman's flag is up for offside. It's very close but it appears his upper body, which was leaning forward is what has put him in an offside position.
  • 66'
    The ball falls to Messi on the edge of the area but his powerful strike is smashed over the bar. Casillas has had very little to do so far. Not something I'm used to saying about a 'keeper up against Barcelona.
  • 65''s Ben Hayward gives us another insight into what the atmosphere is like at the Mestalla: Both sets of fans seem to be a little frustrated now. Noise is intermittent from both ends, but not constant as it was at the beginning.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card Lionel Messi
  • 64'
    Messi now sees a yellow card for purposely cutting out Di Maria's free-kick from close range. Petulant from the Barcelona man who is yet to get into this game.
  • 62'
    Barcelona are dominating possession at the moment with Madrid struggling to get hold of the ball. Still, the capital club are defending with aplomb.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Xabi Alonso
  • 59'
    Alonso earns a yellow card for tugging back Messi and then sliding into the 49 goal man.
  • 58'
    More from Ben Hayward: In my row of the press box alone, there are journalists from China, Japan, Argentina, Russia, France, Brazil and of course, Spain. The Clasico really is such a huge fixture - wherever you go.
  • 57'
    Villa does well to make his way past Arbeloa down the left but he chooses the wrong option. The former Valencia man attempts a shot at goal but the angle is impossible as the ball rolls into the side-netting.
  • 55'
    Alves and Messi link up well just outside the Madrid box but Khedira and Pepe are back to make sure the Catalans can't play their intricate football.
  • 54'
    Slow start to the second half with both sides attempting to stare out their opposition. Saying that, Barca are improved.
  • 51'
    CLOSE FROM PEDRO! The silky winger runs towards Arbeloa and sends a thunderous drive towards thte top corner but it hits the side-netting.
  • 49'
    Ben Hayward at the Mestalla: The journalist on the other side of me is from Argentina. Santa Fe, to be more specific. He proudly informs me that it's the province that gave us Messi, Mascherano, Di Maria and Garay - all involved today. Prolific.
  • 48'
    Barcelona believe they should have a penalty as Villa's clever flick looks to find Iniesta who goes down under after making contact with Arbeloa's leg. It's not a dive but definitely not a penalty either.
  • 46'
    Real Madrid get us back underway in the second-half of the Copa del Rey final. Will this one end in 90 minutes?
  • More from Ben Hayward: Some famous faces here today. As well as the King of Spain (obviously), Shakira is here to support Pique, while Vicente del Bosque, Fernando Hierro and Hristo Stoichkov are all present too. No doubt many other Madrid and Barca legends have come to watch the game as well.
  • Not long now until the players emerge for the second-half. Both sides are 45 minutes away from glory but who will it be? Let us know on twitter guys!
  •'s Spanish editor is live from the Mestalla: Half-time has arrived and Madrid fans seem the happier of the two sets of supporters. They all stood to applaud their players as they left the pitch, while Barca's support seem more subdued - this is going to be more difficult than they thought.
  • Just like Saturday's encounter, we head into half-time goalless. Mourinho's men are playing a very intense game but can they keep it up? Barcelona will be disappointed with their first-half showing. Surely the champions will improve?
  • 45' + 1'
    HALF-TIME! 0-0 at the break with Pepe's header in the 44th minute the closest we have come to breaking the deadlock. It's certainly been hectic with plenty of niggly fouls and yellow cards. Madrid have been the more impressive of the teams with the Blaugrana yet to come to life.
  • 45'
    More from's Ben Hayward: Half-time approaching and the following on offer: Non-alcoholic beer (€3.50), Coke (€3) or a nice light Frankfurt, Bacon and Melted Cheese Baguette (€5). Healthy.
  • 44'
    SO CLOSE FROM PEPE! Oezil swings a brilliant ball into the box but his compatriot can only find the inside of the post with his powerful header from 12 yards out. The ball rebounds to safety as Pique clears.
  • 42'
    Beautiful back-heel from Iniesta to fins Adriano but yet again Madrid cut out the danger. The intensity of los Blancos's game has been admirable but can they keep it up?
  • 39'
    Los Blancos have certainly been the better side so far in this first-half, pressing Barca well and looking dangerous in the final third. However. the Blaugrana only need a few seconds to create a moment of magic out of nothing, something Mourinho's men will need to be aware of.
  • 38''s Ben Hayward: There's so much whistling going on here at the Mestalla that if Pinto tries to put off a Madrid attacker with his crafty lip-blowing, the Barca keeper will never be heard.
  • 36'
    CLOSE FROM RONALDO! Oezil sends the winger-turned-striker down the right wing. Ronaldo races past Adriano before sending a powerful low effort from a tight angle. Pinto does very well to get a strong hand to the ball before Barcelona clear.
  • 35'
    Pedro is the latest player to see yellow. This time for jumping into Carvalho as both players attempted to win a ball in the air. If this game ends 11 versus 11 i'll eat my hat.
  • 34'
    Yellow Card Pedro
  • 34'
    Frenetic cup final so far although one lacking in the quality we have come to expect from these two sides. Still, it's impossible to take your eyes off this one.
  • 32''s Ben Hayward live at the Mestalla: One end is all Madrid here; the other all Barca. But in between, there is a real mixture of fans from both sides. All harmonious at the moment, though, which is good to see.
  • 31'
    Arbeloa floats a lovely ball into the box and Ronaldo appears as if he is ready to hit it first time 12 yards out but he fails to make real contact with the ball as Pinto collects with ease.
  • 29'
    It's all going off here. Arbeloa appears to stand on Villa, accidental or not it causes both sets of players to square up ton one another. The referee finally regains control but this is one hell of a battle.
  • 26'
    Yellow Card Pepe
  • 26'
    Pepe now earns a yellow for a tug on Pedro's shirt. Superb tactical battle here although not many goalscoring chances so far.
  • 25'
    Very tight encounter this with Madrid continuing to frustrate the Blaugrana in the centre of the park. Pepe is doing very well versus Xavi.
  • 23'
    More from's Ben Hayward at the Mestalla: Before the Spanish national anthem, Monty Python's 'Always look on the bright side of life' blasted out over the tannoys. Surely more appropriate for one of these sides after the match.
  • 21'
    Alonso's corner is nearly met by the head of Ronaldo but Barca just about get the ball clear. However, Oezil is lurking on the edge of the box and thrashes in a low drive that narrowly misses the target.
  • 19'
    Messi is getting into the game a little now but los Blancos are very keen to get men around the dangerous Argentine. Free-kick for Barca 35-yards out as Pepe brings down Messi.
  • 17'
    The game has calmed down a little after a number of niggly fouls in the opening exchanges. Who will draw first blood this evening? Let us know your thoughts on twitter.
  • 15'
    From's Ben Hayward at the Mestalla: The Mestalla is absolutely rocking. This is a fantastic football venue, especially for a game like this. Shame Valencia have their hearts set on a new – half-built – stadium
  • 14'
    Lively opning with Madrid looking impressive. Barcelona are yet to come to life in this one with both sides already misplacing several passes. Surely these superstars aren't nervous are they?
  • 12'
    That's what he can do. Oezil works himself some space in the Blaugrana box before chipping the ball into the path of Ronaldo. He takes a touch and looks to have beaten Pinto but Pique clears off the line.
  • 11'
    Oezil in particular has made a lively start tonight. The German international would have been disappointed to have been dropped for the Classic on Saturday but will be looking to show his coach just what he can do.
  • 9'
    Ronaldo looks to chase Ramos' long-ball after losing his marker but the Portuguese star is not quick enough to stop the ball from going out of play for a goal-kick. The former Manchester United man is leading the line alone tonight. How will he cope?
  • 8'
    Both sides have played a combined total of 104 games this season. Will we see either side tire tonight?
  • 7'
    The Blaugrana are seeing more of the ball now after Mourinho's men make a bright opening. Xavi tries his luck from 30 yards but his low effort is blasted way wide of the goal.
  • 5'
    Interesting ball into the box from Ronaldo who clips it towards Ramos at the back-post. The defender makes contact with the ball but a free-kick is given for what appears to be an offside.
  • 4'
    Another free-kick for Madrid, this time within shooting range for Ronaldo. Di Maria attempts to side-step Alves but is blocked off by the Brazilian.
  • 3'
    Dreadful. Madrid have plenty of numbetrs in the box but Alonso's free-kick is wildly over-hit and drifts harmlessly out of play.
  • 2'
    First yellow card of the game with Mascherano bringing down Ronaldo by the corner flag. Can Alonso create some danger in the penalty box?
  • 1'
    We're underway here with Barca getting us underway. Interesting team selections from both sides but which tactician will prevail?
  • Casillas and Xavi meet in the centre-circle to decide who will kick-off what will hopefully be a wonderful cup final.
  • The sides have met in Copa del Rey finals on five occasions with the Blaugrana winning three to Madrid's two. Can the capital club even it up tonight?
  • Interesting statistic for you guys. Madrid have not won the Copa del Rey since 1993 when they defeated Zaragoza 2-0. Barca last picked up the trophy two years aago when they beat Athletic Bilbao 4-1. The Catalans are the competitions most successful club with 25 wins so far.
  • Mourinho has made a very interesting decision to name not one recognised striker, despite having Benzema, Higuain and Adebayor all available. Oezil comes into the side for Benzema with Ronaldo likely to be the most advanced attacking player for Madrid. Arbeloa comes in for the suspended Albiol with Ramos stepping into the centre of defence.
  • Two changes for Barcelona tonight as Pinto continues to play in the cup so Valdes drops to the bench. Puyol, who was substituted versus Madrid on Saturday after a lengthy lay-off is not fit to play so Busquets drops into the centre of defence with Mascherano coming into the midfield.
  • Real Madrid: Iker Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Carvalho, Marcelo; Pepe, Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Cristiano Ronaldo, Oezil, Di Maria
  • Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Pique, Busquets, Adriano; Xavi, Mascherano, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa.
  • Los Blancos earned a late point versus Barcelona on Saturday to end a run of five consecutive defeats to their bitter rivals. Will Mourinho's men go one step further tonight to earn some much-needed silverware? Or will Guardiola's team win their 26th Copa del Rey?
  • Hello and welcome to's coverage of the 107th Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla. Another mouth-watering el Clasico on offer for all of you lucky people. The two sides La Liga meeting on Saturday at the Bernabeu ended 1-1 with Messi and Ronaldo both scoring from the penalty spot. Who will prevail this evening?