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Barcelona 1 Valencia 0 (Copa del Rey Semi-Final first-leg)

Barcelona 1 Valencia 0 (Copa del Rey Semi-Final first-leg)

Competing in the Copa del Rey, a competition Barcelona have won for the past three seasons, Ernesto Valverde saw his side squeeze out a narrow first-leg semi-final win over Valencia.

The goal, scored by Luis Suarez, gives Barcelona something to defend in the second leg at a ground where Barcelona have not been beaten since 2008, when they lost 3-2 in this very competition.

The only goal of the game came in the sixty-seventh minute when Suarez headed home at the far-post after a cross from Lionel Messi had found him.

Barcelona had other chances to score, most notably when Suarez and Ivan Rakitic missed good chances and also when Messi saw his shot hit the side-netting.

Late-on, Valencia had a chance to snatch a draw but their substitute, Santi Mina, wasted a good chance by heading over the cross-bar when he really should have done better.

In the other semi-final, between Sevilla and Leganes, the tie remains delicately poised after the sides drew 1-1 in their semi-final first leg.

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Writer:St. George
Date:Friday February 2 2018
Time: 12:48PM

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