Messi goal not enough as rampant Valencia stun Barcelona to win Copa del Rey

With two first-half goals, Valencia successfully defeated Barcelona 2-1 to win the 2018-19 Spanish Copa del Rey on Saturday.

The defeat for Barcelona ended their dream of winning the double this season, having already won the La Liga weeks ago.

Barca trailed in the 21st minute when Kevin Gameiro opened the scoring for Valencia, before Rodrigo doubled the lead just about 12 minutes later.

Lionel Messi gave the La Liga champions some hope when he pulled a goal back in the 74th minute, but Valencia held on to finish strong.

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There were shouts of joy from Valencia fans inside Estadio Benito Villamarin after the final whistle as the players celebrated.

Valencia are winning the Copa del Rey title for the first time since 2008.

Having won it in 1941, 1949, 1954, 1967, 1979, 1999, 2008 and now in 2019, it is a total of 8 Spanish Cups in their history.

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