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Barcelona wanted a trophy to ease their Champions League heartache, but instead fell to another shock defeat as Valencia pulled off a thrilling victory to win the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has indicated Ernesto Valverde's position is safe, regardless of what happens in the Copa del Rey final.
Real Madrid are likely to be relying on the Champions League again for another trophy this season but there was room for encouragement against Barcelona.
Neither claimed a clear advantage but Barcelona and Real Madrid each had cause for optimism following the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.
Real Madrid will face defending champions Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
Lionel Messi believes Barcelona showed their appetite for the Copa del Rey by blowing away Sevilla to book their place in the semi-finals.
Barcelona's hopes of winning a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey were dented as they were beaten by Sevilla in the first leg of the quarter-finals.
Antoine Griezmann scored but could not prevent Atletico Madrid tumbling out of the Copa del Rey as Girona progressed on away goals after a thrilling draw.
Vinicius Junior starred and Real Madrid steadied the ship as a win over Leganes put them on the brink of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to score his first goal for Barcelona against Valencia that saw his new club ease into another Copa del Rey final.
Lionel Messi wants Ernesto Valverde to continue as Barcelona coach but admits the team have not recovered from their Champions League loss to Liverpool.
Valencia set up a Copa del Rey final clash with Barcelona on Thursday as Rodrigo's second-half goal sealed a 1-0 second-leg win over Real Betis at the Mestalla.
Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona defeated Real Madrid to move within touching distance of winning a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey.
Real Madrid gained a measure of redemption at the Camp Nou by holding Barcelona to a draw and taking the upper-hand in the semi-final of Copa del Rey.
Karim Benzema fired Real Madrid into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday by scoring twice in a win over Girona.
Sergio Ramos scored twice to put Real Madrid on the brink of the Copa del Rey semi-finals as they came from behind to beat Girona in a thrilling first leg.
Barcelona face being thrown out of the Copa del Rey after Levante's president confirmed they will complain the Catalan club fielded an ineligible player.
Philippe Coutinho came in for criticism as Barcelona suffered a shock defeat to Levante in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last-16 tie.
Messi had scored once and Suarez twice before even the half-time whistle had blown with the sublime Andres Iniesta compounding Sevilla's humiliation.
Luis Suarez headed in the only goal as defending champions Barcelona edged Valencia in their Copa del Rey semi-final first leg.
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