Barcelona through to King's Cup final

Cesc Fabregas is the star man as Pep Guardiola's side reach the King's Cup final where they will play Athletic Bilbao.

    Fabregas (R) celebrates with teammates as Barcelona secure a place in the final [Reuters] 

    Barcelona set up a King's Cup final against Athletic Bilbao when Cesc Fabregas scored one goal and created another for Xavi in a 2-0 win over 10-man Valencia in their semi-final second leg on Wednesday.

    Having knocked out holders and arch-rivals Real Madrid in the last eight, Barca comfortably disposed of Spain's third-strongest side 3-1 on aggregate as they bid to extend their national record for domestic Spanish Cup triumphs to 26.

    Lionel Messi sent Fabregas clear to score the opener in the 16th minute at the Nou Camp, the former Arsenal captain beating his marker to the ball before lifting it superbly over Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves.

    Valencia had two chances for an equaliser in quick succession at the start of the second half before Alves, who saved a Messi penalty in the first leg, was twice called upon to deny the Argentine with excellent reaction saves.

    Valencia's comeback hopes were dashed when midfielder Sofiane Feghouli was dismissed for a second yellow card 13 minutes from time before Xavi ran on to a Fabregas pass and smashed the ball high into the net to make it 2-0 on the night.

    Bilbao, the 23-times winners, ended third-tier Mirandes's fairytale Cup run on Tuesday with a 6-2 victory at their San Mames stadium that sent them through 8-3 on aggregate.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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