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Copa del Rey Final: Valencia v Barcelona

The Copa del Rey final between Valencia and Barcelona, will be held at the Estadio Benito Villamarín, the home of Real Betis.

The final is bitter sweet for Valencia who wanted to mark the 100-year anniversary of their foundation by hosting the final, but the Spanish FA decided not to use Valencia’s Mestalla stadium.

It will be the first time the Estadio Benito Villamarin has hosted the Copa del Rey final and, with a capacity of 60,000 fans, it meets the 50,000 required to host the match.

Valencia advanced to the final by defeating Real Betis 3-2 on aggregate, while Barcelona dispatched Real Madrid 3-0 at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night, for a 4-1 aggregate semi-final triumph.

Valencia, who have hoisted the Copa del Rey trophy seven times, face the task of denying 30-time winners Barcelona a fifth consecutive triumph in the competition.

The final will be the fourth time the two clubs have met in the final.

The Blaugrana have prevailed on two occasions, in 1952 and 1971, while Los Che won one of their own against the Catalans back in 1954.

In addition to reaching the Copa del Rey final, Marcelino’s side have secured a spot in the Supercopa de Espana, which will be organised with a new format including the two Copa del Rey finalists and the two best teams in LaLiga Santander.

The three finals between Barcelona and ValenciaThe two teams played against each other in a cup final for the first time in the history in 1952, at the Estadio Chamartin.

Valencia took a two-goal lead, but the Blaugrana came back to send the game to the extra-time, where they clinched a 4-2 victory.

A couple of years later, in 1954, Los Che took their revenge and beat Barcelona 3-0, lifting the third Copa del Rey title in their history, after their successes in 1941 and 1949.The game will be remembered for the celebration of the goalkeeper Quique Martin, who climbed on the crossbar following the game’s final whistle.

The most recent meeting in the final between the two was back in 1971, when Barcelona celebrated their first domestic double at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Blaugrana had to once again overturn a two-goal deficit as they sent the game to extra-time.Each team scored one goal and while the game seemed to be going to penalties, a late Barcelona winner gave them a 4-3 victory and the Copa del Rey trophy.