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FC Barcelona 2-0 Valencia CF
It was a disappointing game to watch for Valencia fans, especially after starting so well with clear ideas and good passes. This type of play slowly digressed until dying down after Fabregas scored the first. A long ball found Fabregas with Miguel behind him, with a doubtful Alves unsure of charging out or staying put left the Catalan to lightly chip the ball over the Brazilian. Valencia stopped Barcelona’s style of play which led to a different approach that got the home team ahead.
Valencia had a good chance after ten minutes when Mathieu finds Feghouli with a great pass splitting the defense, but Feghouli hit the top side netting, very close.
Barcelona got their passes back and started to attack more. It was especially difficult for Valencia who were with out their top goal-scorer Roberto Soldado who was out with a fever.
Valencia complicated themselves more and more with their passes to the back to Rami and Ruiz who put Valencia in danger many times with bad passes and getting dispossessed easily. Alves saved them on many occasions, but they never learned.
Valencia started the second half off explosively and similar to the first. They had two occasions to score within the opening minutes of the second half, but Pinto saved them.
Aduriz had the equalizer on the 61st minute after taking a shot at an open net from the border lines of the penalty box, but an attentive and quick Mascherano headed it out to safety with Abidal behind him.
Emery decided to change the style of play and put Tino in for Banega right before the 70th. This helped the teams on corners, getting closer each time. An already booked Feghouli fouls Puyol and gets sent off in the 75th minute. This was a huge blow the away team and could have been easily avoided had he put in Piatti for Feghouli earlier. Feghouli was not having a good game and should have been substituted.
It was now ten men against eleven, and it was only a matter of time before Barcelona got the second. Only five minutes later, and Xavi scores the second after Alexis dribbles to the box to find Fabregas who quickly gives it to Xavi who shoots to the top corner beating Diego Alves.
Tino almost scored from a free kick two minutes later, but Pinto reacted in time. With two goals against them and a man down, it was almost impossible.
Barcelona kept attacking and pressuring and Valencia had a new threat with Dani Alves coming in. Valencia could have given more but the dream was over. Barcelona are in the final against Athletic Club de Bilbao.
Barcelona: Pinto, Piqué, Cesc (Iniesta, min. 91), Puyol, Xavi, Alexis (Dani Alves, min. 85), Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Abidal and Cuenca (Tello, min. 88).
Valencia CF: Alves, Rami, Albelda (Dani Parejo, min. 84), Jonas (Piatti, min. 78), Feghouli, Ever (Tino Costa, min. 68), Aduriz, Jordi Alba, Víctor Ruiz, Mathieu and Miguel.