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Ibán Salvador
Yellow Card
84'
Juan Cámara
Assist
84'
W. Kaptoum
Goal
82'
W. Kaptoum
Sandro Ramírez
81'
Ibán Salvador
Fran Villalba
77'
Juan Cámara
I. Rakitić
76'
Douglas Pereira
Adriano
73'
Sergi Samper
Yellow Card
71'
André Gomes
Santi Mina
63'
José Gayá
Yellow Card
61'
Z. Bakkali
Álvaro Negredo
55'
Munir
Yellow Card
41'
Aderllan Santos
Yellow Card
39'
Álvaro Negredo
Goal
35'
I. Diallo
Yellow Card
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Commentary

Full time at the Mestalla. Barcelona progress to the final of the Spanish Cup after a comprehensive 8-1 victory over two legs against Valencia, who manage to secure a 1-1 draw on the night in the second leg. The victory tonight for Luis Enrique's side, however, lies with their successful record of 29 matches unbeaten in all competitions, which overcomes the record set by Pep Guardiola's 2011 Los Cules side. Negredo and Kaptoum on target for their respective sides in a relatively entertaining affair. Thanks for joining us, see you next time!
90' Two minutes of added time have been allocated by the referee and it doesn't look like we are going to get a winner in this second leg, which, ultimately, will prove to have no impact whatsoever on the season of either Valencia or Barcelona.
Ibán Salvador
Yellow Card
Valencia CF
88' Iban's only real contribution to the match so far has been going into the book for a daft challenge. Indeed, we haven't seen too much from the substitute after he came on to replace the impressive Villalba.
86' As Barcelona approached the latter stages of this game a goal down, you would have been forgiven for thinking that Luis Enrique didn't put too much stock in his team's attempts to break Pep Guardiola's 28-match unbeaten record. However, the Barcelona boss' celebration suggests he would quite like the opportunity to overcome his predecessor!
Juan Cámara
Assist
FC Barcelona
84' Some lovely work by the substitute as he gets the better of Vezo before sending a superb cross in for Kaptoum to score!
W. Kaptoum
Goal
FC Barcelona
84' GOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR BARCELONA! A late equaliser for the Blaugrana! Enrique will be glad two of his substitues have made an impact here as Camara bursts deep down the left flank in order to eventually reverse a perfect pass into the box for Kamptoum to open up his boot to send a lovely strike into the corner! He has only been on the pitch a minute or so! One-one!
W. Kaptoum
Sandro Ramírez
FC Barcelona
82' Enrique subsequently makes his third and final change of the match, which sees Wilfrid Kaptoum enter the action in place of Sandro Ramirez, who has struggled to get into the game effectively from his position down the left touchline.
Ibán Salvador
Fran Villalba
Valencia CF
81' Third and final change from Gary Nevilla now and it will see the impressive youngster, Fran Villalba, head for the bench in favour of Iban. The 17-year-old looks to have a very bright future ahead of him, so remember the name of Villalba!
79' We are just approaching the last 10 minutes of play now and at the moment it doesn't really look like we are going to see a goal-glut in the latter stages of this Copa del Rey clash. Valencia's aim tonight was to restore some semblence of pride due to their drubbing last week, and at the end of the day they are on their way to recording a win over Barcelona - if they can hold out.
Juan Cámara
I. Rakitić
FC Barcelona
77' Second substitution in quick succession from Barcelona here as Rakitic comes off to make way for Juan Camara Mesa, another exciting young prospect from the Cules La Masia youth academy. Let's see if he has the same talent as some of his predecessors!
Douglas Pereira
Adriano
FC Barcelona
76' First change of the match from Luis Enrique, and it sees captain for the night, Adriano, make way for Brazilian full-back, Douglas, who has sees first-team football very hard to come by since his move to the Blaugrana. A small chance to impress here at the Mestalla.
74' SAAAAAAAAAVE FROM TER STEGEN! Danilo stands over a free kick around 30 yards out and looks poised to go for goal. He steps up and fires a cracking strike up and over the Barcelona wall towards the top right corner, only for the goalkeeper to somehow get across and tip over! That was really unlucky, but a great save from the German all the same!
Sergi Samper
Yellow Card
FC Barcelona
73' The next yellow of the match goes to Sergi Samper.
André Gomes
Santi Mina
Valencia CF
71' Second alteration of the match from the former Manchester United defender now, and it sees Santi Mina make way for Andre Gomes, who has performed below expectations this season after impressive following his big-money move from Benfica.
69' Bakkali is already displaying a positive impact from the bench after, as predicted, utilising his pace and dribbling ability. The substitute receives the ball to feet around 30 yards out and attempts to shift possession on to his left foot in order to get the shot away, which sees Adriano dive into the tackle. The Brazilian is duped by some neat footwork, though, and ends up commiting the foul.
67' Bartra, who has been extremely quiet in his role at right-back tonight, shows some rare attacking ambition as he latches on to a loose bit of possession before sending a wicked cross to the back post, which his cleared. Sandro collects 25 yards out, but Sandro quickly comes out of position to charge down the subsequent strike.
65' A sizeable portion of this match so far has actually been shooting practice for Rakitic, who has peppered the Valencia goal with a number of shots from various different position. The latest comes from the left channel inside the area, which is whipped at goal aimed at the top corner, but Domenech reads it and proactively steps out to clutch possession out of the air.
José Gayá
Yellow Card
Valencia CF
63' The bookings are starting to tally up for Valencia now and this time it is their captain for the night, Gaya, who sees yellow as he goes in high and late on Vidal on the edge of the hosts' box. The former Sevilla man has came in for some rough treatment tonight in terms of tackles on him, but he still wins the set-piece for his side in a great area.
Z. Bakkali
Álvaro Negredo
Valencia CF
61' First change of the match now and it comes from Gary Neville as he withdraws the solitary goalscorer of the match, Alvaro Negredo, in favour of former PSV attacker, Zakaria Bakkali, who can certainly cause Barcelona some problems with his electric pace.
59' Vidal and Piatti are currently both down in the middle of the park after a nasty collision of heads during the middle of an aerial altercation. Both players look to have had their bell rung, but eventually get up and embrace with a handshake as play continues without much incident.
57' Some lovely play from Valencia in the final third, with Piatti and Villalba appearing to strike up quite the interesting partnership. Some short, stabbed passes between the two eventually release the Argentine down the left channel, but the resulting cross into the box is cleared by Vermaelen before Santi Mina can latch on to the end of it.
Munir
Yellow Card
FC Barcelona
55' First yellow card of the match for Barcelona and it is certainly a deserved one for Munir, who in his attempt to reclaim possession after a poor touch, comes right through the top of Piatti's ankle with his studs. That looked a sore one, but the duo don't make much of the altercation and play quickly moves on.
53' Valencia can take a certain amount of heart from their performance tonight. Obviously Barcelona are fielding a second-string team, but by avoiding the defeat Los Che can aim to build from the result, especially with the likes of Diego Alves, Enzo Perez, and Paco Alcacer returning to training this week. Some big names coming back into the frame!
51' Some worrying scenes for Barcelona at the moment as Vidal is currently down clutching his knee after a nasty collision with Villalba. It didn't look particularly malicious from the Valencia youngster, but the former Sevilla man appears to be in a lot of pain. Thankfully, he eventually manages to get to his feet.
49' Piatti has been positively impacting the game for Valencia in the short period since the break, and attempts to take the game to Barca again with a penetrating run. Eventually, he finds a yard of space before lashing a strike at goal, but it ends up going straight down the throat of the perfectly positioned Ter Stegen.
47' Santi Minaaaaa! JUST OVER! Valencia come flying out of the blocks after the half-time break as Piatti leads the charge down the left channel. The Argentine eventually swings a teasing cross to the front post, but his team-mate just can't manage to direct his header on target! Ter Stegen was rooted to the spot, but Mathieu defended well!
46' We are back under way at the Mestalla!
Half time at the Mestalla. Valencia are on their way to restoring a little bit of pride here as they go into the break 1-0 up against Barcelona, who will still progress to the final with their sizable 7-1 aggregate lead. The home fans would have been simply wanting a better display tonight, and they have got it in some respects. Second period to come.
43' Normally, when the home side take the lead in the second leg in oder to overcome a first-leg deficit, it would usually be said that they have been given a ray of hope in this tie. This is not the case here, as Valencia still need a result of miracle proportions in order to progress to the final. Not going to happen, sorry Los Che fans!
Aderllan Santos
Yellow Card
Valencia CF
41' Valencia just need to watch their discipline a bit here as there isn't really any need to get a man sent off or incur a suspension, simply due to the fact they are not going to go through. The latest guilty party is Santos, who comes right through the back of Munir near the right touchline, in completely needless fashion.
Álvaro Negredo
Goal
Valencia CF
39' GOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR VALENCIA! THE HOSTS TAKE THE LEAD! Gaya sends a speculative ball high up the park which catches Barcelona completely out due to their high defensive line! Negredo takes advantage to move through on goal and eventually passes into the net with his second attempt after his first was blocked by Ter Stegen! Fortuitous, but the hosts won't care! One-nil!
37' After a small delay, Rakitic steps up to take the free kick which was the result of the Diallo foul. The Croatian clearly fancies himself to get on the scoresheet tonight in the absence of the likes of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar, as he has yet another strike on goal, which is his fourth or fifth of the match. Unfortunately for him, it is the same result as his other attempts as it goes high and wide over.
I. Diallo
Yellow Card
Valencia CF
35' First yellow card of the match now and it is a slightly harsh decision on Diallo, who goes into the book for a shove in the back on Sergi Roberto. It wasn't particularly malicious, but he probably saw yellow because the foul succeeded in halting a Barcelona counter.
33' Rakitic stands over a free kick a few yards in from the left touchline deep down the left wing and steps up to swing a teasing cross to the back post over the head of Domenech, but the Croatian just put a little too much on it, which doesn't give his team-mates much of an opportunity to get on the end of it. Valencia are let off the hook.
31' It is rather strange to see the Mestalla so subdued, especially against one of Valencia's great rivals. Barcelona. The first leg just caused so much damage that the fans just can't bring themselves to muster up much of an atmosphere, and it is making for a feeling to the game much like a training match or a friendly.
29' We are just beyond the midway point of the first half now and apart from that Villalba attempt just a couple of minutes ago, we aren't really any closer to finding the opener in this Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg. Barcelona are, of course, playing within themselves due to the seven-goal advantage overall.
27' VILLALBA! How close was that? We come close to finding the opening goal of the match as the 17-year-old cleverly jinks his way into space on the edge of the box before rifling a left-footed strike towards the top corner, only to see his attempt just shave the top of the crossbar! Very unlucky from the Valencia youngster.
25' Adriano is showing some typical attacking ambition down the left-hand side so far tonight, and on this occasion manages to hit the byline once again after reaching a neat, threaded pass from Munir. The Brazilian, again, however, sees his attempted cross into the box blocked behind for a corner. A better final ball required from the Blaugrana here.
23' Barcelona play the ball around wonderfully in the final third, with Sergi Roberto and Sergi Samper at the heart of the possession game to keep Valencia pinned back. The ball makes its way to their captain for the night, Adriano, who attempts to find Munir with a stinging cross inside, but it cannons off the leg of Vezo to go out for a corner kick.
21' Danilo attempts to take the game to Barcelona as he eats up the space through the middle via a powerful dribble, evading challenge after challenge from opposition players. He eventually finds a pass out wide to Piatti, who lashes a dangerous looking cross into the area, but there are no takers for Valencia and Mathieu manages to clear! Great play from the Brazilian midfielder there!
19' Vermaelen collects the ball to feet at the back and moves forward into midfield in an attempt to catalyse an attack for Barca. However, any tempo in the potential move is swiftly took away by Santi Mina, who cynically trips up the Belgian as he glides into the central area, which results in a free kick to the visitors.
17' Indeed, motivation may indeed by an issue for Barcelona tonight. The aggregate scoreline is so vast in their favour that they even may be less likely to exert themselves too much going forward, even with plenty of youngsters out there. The only motivation tonight may be to maintain their unbeaten run?
15' A free kick deep down the left wing is slung to the back post by Piatti, but Barcelona eventually clear. However, through Diallo, Valencia manage to reclaim possession rather quickly in order to keep the visitors camped in their own half slightly. Much better from the hosts in the past couple of minutes.
13' The opening to the match has basically followed the predicted pattern, and that is Barcelona dominating possession in just about every area. However, through Santi Mina and Piatti, Valencia do possess some pace on the counter, so they should be looking to utilise this against the relatively untested pairing of Vermaelen and Mathieu in the centre of the Barca defence.
11' Neville probably has more worries at the moment than tonight's game, such as pulling Valencia out of a relegation battle, but it must be an extremely large challenge for him to attempt to motivate his charges tonight, who even before the match had started had basically no chance of progression to the final of the Spanish Cup. Should be interesting to see how the home side fair in this second leg.
9' A lovely, flowing move from Barcelona! Rakitic, who is one of the most experienced names in the Blaugrana starting XI tonight, lashes a neat pass into the feet of Munir before receiving possession back after a one-two. The Croatian goes for the first-time strike on goal from 25 yards but the attempt is blazed over! The move deserved a better finish!
7' Sergi Roberto makes his way down the left channel with authority and then cuts inside on his right foot before sending a beautiful diagonal pass to the opposite flank for the onrushing Vidal. The former Sevilla man fires into the box first-time, looking for the run of Munir, but Santos covers the space well and eventually intercepts.
5' SANDROOOOO! JUST OVER! Munir collects the ball to feet on the edge of the area and feigns to shoot on his left foot before passing square to his team-mate, but the subsequent strike on goal goes north of the crossbar, not giving Domenech many problems between the sticks.
3' Well, considering the aggregate scoreline, it isn't really a surprise that Valencia's stadium is half-empty tonight, and that is being generous. As the players on the pitch pass and move around, all you can see within the stands is a sea of orange and white seats - usually occupied by loyal fans. Things are not good for Los Che at the moment...
1' We are under way at the Mestalla!
The teams have made their way to the pitch and we are almost ready for kick-off!
Barca subs: Masip, Kaptoum, Mesa, Gumbau, Douglas, Alena, Romera.
Valencia subs: Ryan, Abdennour, Gil, Andre Gomes, Bakkal, Iban, Caballo.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Bartra, Vermaelen, Mathieu, Adriano; Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Sergi Samper; Aleix Vidal, Munir, Sandro.
Valencia (4-3-3): Domenech; Vezo, Santos, Diallo, Gaya; Zahibo, Danilo, Villalba; Santi Mina, Negdredo, Piatti.
TEAM NEWS...
With the aggregate scoreline the way it is, Valencia will be eager to ensure they don't come on the end of a further embarrassing result tonight. However, unfortunately for them, they come up against a Barca outfit who are chasing further history under Enrique. The weekend win at Levante extended the Blaugrana's unbeaten run to 28 matches in all competitions, which means all they need to do here is avoid defeat and they will overcome the impressive record set by club legend, Pep Guardiola, with his talented 2011 team.
Valencia's most immediate defeat came at the hands of Real Betis this past weekend as they went down 1-0 at the Benito Villamarin thanks to a solitary Ruben Castro strike – a result which saw the Andalucian outfit climb above them in the Spanish Primera Division table to 13th. Luis Enrique's charges, meanwhile, maintained their lead at the top of the table thanks to a hard-fought 2-0 win away at Levante, with a David Navarro own goal and a Luis Suarez strike sealing the vital three points.
At the Camp Nou, Barcelona ran out comprehensive 7-0 winners over their fellow Spanish Primera Division side, with Luis Suarez bagging an impressive four goals and Lionel Messi recording a superb hat-trick. This result was the latest in a long line of poor outings for Valencia, whose recent performances have saw Neville come under massive pressure in his position as boss, after taking over in December.
There won't be too many times this season when the outcome of a cup tie over two legs is basically completely confirmed before the second leg, but unfortunately for Gary Neville's outfit, they are simply playing to restore some semblance of pride in front of their home fans tonight after the absolute demolition they came on the wrong end of at the hands of Los Cules in the first leg a week ago.
Good evening football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg clash between Valencia and Barcelona from the Mestalla!
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