Tag Archives: Copa del Rey

Coutinho off the mark as Barcelona reach Copa final

Coutinho has started only once for Barca since moving from Liverpool in January (Image credit: Getty Images)

Philippe Coutinho scored his first Barcelona goal as the Spanish side beat Valencia to reach a record fifth successive Copa del Rey final. Coutinho, making his fifth appearance since a £142m move from Liverpool, came on in the second half and acrobatically steered home from Luis Suarez’s cross. That put Barca, cup winners in the past three years, 2-0 up ...

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Coutinho makes debut as Barcelona reach Copa semis

Barca are expected to pay £105m up front for Coutinho - with the rest in realistic add-ons (Image credit: Getty Images)

Philippe Coutinho made his debut for Barcelona as they beat Espanyol to reach the Spanish Cup semi-finals. The £142m signing from Liverpool came on with 22 minutes to play, by which time Barca were already 2-0 up in reply to last week’s 1-0 first-leg defeat. Coutinho might have had an assist were it not for Pau Lopez’s fine save from ...

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Diego Costa makes Atletico Madrid return in Copa del Rey clash


Diego Costa is back, and nothing has changed. He’s in the goals and he’s in the wars. It was 18 minutes into the second half of Atleico’s 4-0 cup win over third tier side Lleida when Atletico‘s new No 18 trotted on followed by Antoine Griezmann – the dynamic duo Diego Simeone hopes will fire the club to trophies this season. Right on cue a ...

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Copa del Rey: Bale helps Real Madrid to progress

Gareth Bale came to Real's rescue on his return from injury (Image credit: Getty Images)

Gareth Bale created two goals on his return from injury as Real Madrid avoided an embarrassing defeat by third-tier club Fuenlebrada in the Copa del Rey. The Wales forward, 28, came off the bench after two months out with calf and thigh problems to create two goals for Borja Mayoral in the 2-2 second-leg tie. Real manager Zinedine Zidane’s second-string ...

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Real Madrid beat Fuenlabrada in Copa del Rey

Real Madrid have not won the Copa del Rey since 2014 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Two second-half penalties earned Real Madrid victory over third-tier side Fuenlabrada in the first leg of their Spanish Cup fourth-round tie. The Segunda B club resisted admirably before Fran Garcia brought down 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi. Marco Asensio coolly converted from the spot, but replays suggested the foul was actually just outside the box. Paco Candela then hauled down Theo Hernandez ...

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Partey scores as Atletico draw in Copa del Rey


Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey was on the score sheet for club side Atletico Madrid as they were held to a 1-1 draw by second division side Elche in the Copa del Rey round of 32 clash on Wednesday. Partey was the only shining light in what was a largely disappointing night for the Los Rojiblancos, and he rose high to ...

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Barca edge Atletico Madrid in Copa semi-finals

Luis Suarez scored Barcelona's goal and was one of three men sent off in the match (Image credit: Getty Images)

Luis Suarez scored and was sent off as nine-man Barcelona held on to reach the Copa del Rey final with a thrilling aggregate victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp. Suarez tapped in on 43 minutes, before Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto and Atletico’s Yannick Carrasco were sent off for receiving two yellow cards. Substitute Kevin Gameiro then missed a ...

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Barcelona beat Sevilla to complete Spanish double

Barcelona celebrate winning the Copa del Rey for the 28th time

Ten-man Barcelona completed the Spanish league and cup double as two goals in extra time clinched the Copa del Rey. Luis Enrique’s side claimed the trophy for the 28th time despite having Javier Mascherano sent off in the first half. Jordi Alba and Neymar scored for Barcelona, who can boast back-to-back doubles after winning La Liga. Sevilla had Ever Banega ...

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Late show against Bilbao sends Barca to Copa del Rey semis

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Barcelona needed late goals from Gerard Pique and Neymar to defeat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Wednesday and book their place in the Copa del Rey semi-finals. Neymar missed La Blaugrana’s 2-1 win at Malaga with a hamstring complaint, but he was given the go-ahead to partner Lionel Messi and Suarez in attack, with the Uruguayan also having sat out his ...

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