Barcelona reach Copa del Rey final with victory over Valencia

Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey after goals in each half from Cesc Fabregas and Xavi game them a 2-0 win over Valencia at the Camp Nou and a 3-1 aggregate victory.

The visitors suffered a blow just before the start with the news that leading scorer Roberto Soldado would miss out with flu, but Unai Emery’s men started brightly as Victor Ruiz and Sofiane Feghouli both went close. However, it was the hosts who went ahead in the tie on 15 minutes when Fabregas took advantage of Lionel Messi’s through ball to lob goalkeeper Diego Alves.

Feghouli was sent off for the visitors 15 minutes from time for a second bookable offence after appearing to catch Carles Puyol in the face with an elbow, and Barca took advantage just five minutes later to secure their progress. A terrific ball from Messi ball found Alexis S

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