Barça defeat Alaves 3-1 to win 29th Copa del Rey.

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FC Barcelona won the Copa del Rey for the 29th time in club history as  Luis Enrique’s era came to an end. Another marvelous performance by Messi saw Barcelona defeat Alaves 3-1 to win the cup and become the first team since the early 1950s to lift the cup three seasons running.

The final game ever to be played at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon was the venue between the Catalan and Basque side. Messi gave the Blaugrana the lead at the half hour mark. However, Alaves leveled things through Theo Hernandez’s unstoppable free kick three minutes later. Neymar though scored the go ahead goal right before halftime before Messi assisted Paco who scored in stoppage time of the first half.

Neither side would score in the second half and Barça ended the season with the Copa del Rey trophy after losing out on the league title to Real Madrid. This result means they will meet Real Madrid in the upcoming Spanish Supercopa.

Match Stats (From Sport):

FC BARCELONA: Cillessen; Mascherano (André Gomes, m. 9), Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Rakitic (Aleix Vidal, m. 82), Iniesta; Messi, Paco Alcácer y Neymar.

ALAVÉS: Pacheco; Kiko Femenía, Vigaray, Rodrigo Ely, Feddal, Theo Hernández (Romero, m. 79); Edgar Méndez (Camarasa, m. 59), Marcos Llorente, Manu García, Ibai (Sobrino, m. 59); y Deyverson.
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Goals: 1-0, m. 30: Messi; 1-1, m. 33: Theo Hernández; 2-1, m. 45: Neymar; 3-1, m. 48+: Paco Alcácer.

RefereeClos Gómez

Cautions: Umtiti (m. 41), Iniesta (m. 76) & Messi (m. 76); Edgar (m. 16) & Sobrino (m. 76).

Barça’s Upcoming Four Battles.

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Final month of football is upon us. The bitter taste of not watching Barça try to win their sixth Champions League crown is still tough to swallow. There is hope that the club can salvage the season with a domestic double. However, these remaining games are basically elimination round fixtures where one slip up ruins the double.

Barça’s final three league matches are at home to Villarreal, away to Las Palmas, before bringing down the curtains when they host Eibar. They will then meet Deportivo Alavés in the Copa del Rey Final soon afterwards. Real Madrid have four league matches left are away to Granada, hosting Sevilla, away to Celta Vigo and then away to Malaga. Perhaps Madrid will slip up in either of those matches.

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It’s not fun when you can’t control your destiny and Barça have themselves to blame for that following their poor result against Malaga. However, it’s too soon to throw in the towel on the season. Cruyff’s “Dream Team” showed us how beautiful it is to win the league title in the last match of the season. Yet, the 2006-2007 Barça team showed us gut wrenching it is to lose out on the title in the last match of the season while being level on points with Real Madrid.

So sit back and enjoy the ride with one eye on Barça and one eye on the scoreboard to see what Madrid is doing. Three more weeks of stress and then one week to recover before Barça play in the Copa del Rey. Hopefully it will be for a double.