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The 2014 Copa del Rey Final was the 112th final of Spain's premier football cup since its establishment. The match was an El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona on 16 April 2014 at Mestalla in Valencia,[1][2] making it the seventh such Copa del Rey final (the last one was also played at the Mestalla on 20 April 2011). Real Madrid won the cup for the 19th time after a 2–1 win.[3][4][5]

2014 Copa del Rey Final
Grada Mestalla.jpg
The Mestalla Stadium in Valencia hosted the final
Event2013–14 Copa del Rey
Date16 April 2014 (2014-04-16)
VenueMestalla, Valencia
Man of the MatchGareth Bale (Real Madrid)
RefereeMateu Lahoz
Attendance52,953
2013
2015

In winning the final, Real Madrid went on to play against Atlético Madrid, the winners of the 2013–14 La Liga season, in the 2014 Supercopa de España.

Contents

Road to the finalEdit

Real Madrid Round Barcelona
Opponent Result Legs Opponent Result Legs
Olímpic de Xàtiva 2–0 0–0 away; 2–0 home Round of 32 Cartagena 7–1 4–1 away; 3–0 home
Osasuna 4–0 2–0 home; 2–0 away Round of 16 Getafe 6–0 4–0 home; 2–0 away
Espanyol 2–0 1–0 away; 1–0 home Quarterfinals Levante 9–2 4–1 away; 5–1 home
Atlético Madrid 5–0 3–0 home; 2–0 away Semifinals Real Sociedad 3–1 2–0 home; 1–1 away

Build-upEdit

The match was rescheduled to be played three days earlier than the original date as there was a chance that both clubs could have UEFA Champions League semi-finals the following week. Each team was allotted 20,000 tickets for club members.[6] Real Madrid's top scorer of the season Cristiano Ronaldo missed the final due to knee and thigh injuries.[7][8]

Real Madrid were appearing in their 39th Copa del Rey Final, with a prior tally of 18 victories, while Barcelona had won 26 of their 35 finals. The two teams had each won three of the six previous El Clásico finals: Real Madrid in 1936, 1974 and 2011, Barcelona in 1968, 1983 and 1990. The 2011 win was Real Madrid's most recent, having been defeated in the 2013 final. Barcelona had last won the cup in 2012.[9]

MatchEdit

SummaryEdit

External video
  Gareth Bale's incredible goal against Barcelona | Copa del Rey Final 2014 on YouTube

After 11 minutes Real Madrid went in front when Ángel Di María's low left footed shot from the left went through Jordi Alba's legs and in off goalkeeper José Manuel Pinto's left hand. Barcelona were level in the 68th minute when Marc Bartra headed into the far corner of the net after a Xavi corner from the left.[10] The winning goal came with five minutes to go when Gareth Bale picked the ball up just inside his own half on the left wing and went past Bartra at a blistering pace (at one point off the field before running back onto the field) leaving Bartra in his wake, before running into the penalty area, evading more challenges and then composedly slotting the ball left-footed low past the goalkeeper from six yards out. Some football pundits labelled his goal as a masterclass,[11][12] whilst Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino admitted that it was "difficult to see a player sprint like that at that stage of the game".[13]

DetailsEdit

Real Madrid2–1Barcelona
Di María   11'
Bale   85'
Report Bartra   68'
Attendance: 52,953
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Real Madrid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Barcelona
GK 1   Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15   Dani Carvajal
CB 3   Pepe   17'
CB 4   Sergio Ramos
LB 5   Fábio Coentrão
DM 14   Xabi Alonso   88'
CM 19   Luka Modrić
CM 23   Isco   3'   89'
RW 22   Ángel Di María   86'
LW 11   Gareth Bale
CF 9   Karim Benzema   90'
Substitutes:
GK 25   Diego López
DF 2   Raphaël Varane   90'
MF 16   Casemiro   89'
MF 18   Nacho
MF 24   Asier Illarramendi   86'
FW 21   Álvaro Morata
FW 39   Willian José
Manager:
  Carlo Ancelotti
 
GK 13   José Manuel Pinto
RB 22   Dani Alves
CB 15   Marc Bartra   87'
CB 14   Javier Mascherano   53'
LB 18   Jordi Alba   46'
DM 16   Sergio Busquets
CM 6   Xavi (c)
CM 8   Andrés Iniesta
RW 11   Neymar   17'
LW 4   Cesc Fàbregas   60'
CF 10   Lionel Messi
Substitutes:
GK 25   Oier
DF 5   Carles Puyol
DF 21   Adriano   46'
MF 17   Alex Song
MF 24   Sergi Roberto
FW 7   Pedro   60'
FW 9   Alexis Sánchez   87'
Manager:
  Gerardo Martino

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "La RFEF acogió la reunión entre los finalistas de la Copa de SM el Rey" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 20 February 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo out of Real Madrid v Barcelona tie". BBC Sport. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid Live". Daily Telegraph. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Brilliant Bale breakaway heaps more misery on Martino's men". Goal.com. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Copa del Rey final rescheduled". Sports Illustrated. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out of cup final". ESPN. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Copa del Rey final against Barcelona with injury". Guardian. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Spain - List of Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid". Daily Mail. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Real Madrid's Gareth Bale gallops past Barcelona to land Copa del Rey". Guardian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Gareth Bale and Real Madrid stars given victorious homecoming after win against fierce rivals Barcelona in Copa del Rey final". Daily Mail. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Gareth Bale: Copa del Rey winner incredible, says Xabi Alonso". BBC Sport. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2017. Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino said: "It is difficult to see a player sprint like that at that stage of the game."