Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Coutinho scores as Barcelona make Copa del Rey final

Raphael Varane GETTYJose Mourinho is keen to bring Raphael Varane to Manchester United
| 09 February, 2018, 08:43

Valencia bossed the first half at a packed Mestalla as the hosts chased down a 1-0 deficit but their hopes of a comeback were dashed when Brazilian Coutinho slid in to turn home a cross from his old Liverpool team mate Luis Suarez in the 49th minute.

Barcelona went on to win the match 2-0 and will now advance to the Copa del Rey final after winning 3-0 on aggregate.

Brought on at half-time for struggling Andre Gomes, Philippe Coutinho was on target for the first time in Barcelona colors, since his club-record £142 million transfer from Liverpool.

However, despite the consistency with which they excel in the competition - they haven't lost a two-legged knockout game since 2013 - Valverde says reaching the final is still significant for the club. The Uruguayan striker skinned Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on the left wing before playing a brilliant ball across the box for Coutinho, with the playmaker on hand to stretch and fire back across Jauame's goal and into the far corner.

'It's a very happy day, ' he told GOL.

Both goalkeepers were tested in the opening 10 minutes, with Jasper Cillessen claiming a Francis Coquelin shot before Lionel Messi's free-kick was beaten acrobatically away by Jaume Domenech.


Ivan Rakitic, also teed up by Suarez, then added the visitors' second in the 82nd minute to secure progress to a showdown against Sevilla in what will be defending champions Barcelona's fifth consecutive Copa del Rey final.

It'll be a great game and a hard one [against Sevilla].

That came after he had also denied Valencia by saving from Rodrigo in the first half.

A good night all round for Barca was rounded off when Yerry Mina replaced Gerard Pique seven minutes from the end.

Valverde later admitted that he was suffering from muscle fatigue having gambled on his fitness at the start of the game.

Recommended

  • 'Multiple safes, possible guns' taken from Rob Gronkowski's home

    'Multiple safes, possible guns' taken from Rob Gronkowski's home

    Foxborough police chief William Baker would not confirm weapons were missing but admitted the defeat and the burglary must have hit Gronk hard.
    President Jacob Zuma 'agrees to go'

    President Jacob Zuma 'agrees to go'

    On Monday, there were scuffles out the ANC headquarters between small groups of pro- and anti-Zuma supporters. His presidency has been dominated by an economic slowdown, record unemployment and allegations of corruption.
    Tributes paid in Manchester & Munich for 60th anniversary of Man United disaster

    Tributes paid in Manchester & Munich for 60th anniversary of Man United disaster

    Kion Brown, who was at Old Trafford with his father and fellow diehard United fan Everton on the day of his ninth birthday last week, reflected how it resonates even with youngsters, even though little footage remains of the "Babes".
  • Trio Of Harvey Weinstein Sexual Abuse Cases Sent To DA By LAPD

    Trio Of Harvey Weinstein Sexual Abuse Cases Sent To DA By LAPD

    The district attorney for Los Angeles County says it has received the cases from the city's police department in recent days. The cases involving Weinstein have been forwarded to that task force, Risling said in an email.
    USA  government shuts down for second time

    USA government shuts down for second time

    Republicans, he said, should be doing more to make overtures to Democrats if they need their votes to keep the government open. House Democrats are particularly anxious that they will lose any leverage on immigration once a spending bill is enacted.
    Powerball victor  sues for anonymity over $560m jackpot

    Powerball victor sues for anonymity over $560m jackpot

    When the attorneys requested if she could have a trustee sign the ticket instead, with the commission present, they were denied. The woman admits in court documents that she made a "huge mistake" when she signed her name on the back of the winning ticket.
  • Devin Nunes and the big Carter Page contradiction

    Devin Nunes and the big Carter Page contradiction

    But as Stephanopoulos pointed out, that were "a lot of people" advising the Kremlin doesn't change the fact that Page was one of them.
    Trump calls Democrats 'treasonous' for not applauding his SOTU address

    Trump calls Democrats 'treasonous' for not applauding his SOTU address

    Their smaller, 757-version of Air Force One landed at Lunken Airport about 1:30 p.m. and took off about 4 p.m. Norris says on "Fox & Friends" that some call it "crumbs" but "we consider that fine dining".
    Ronda Rousey invades WWE Royal Rumble, hints at WrestleMania debut

    Ronda Rousey invades WWE Royal Rumble, hints at WrestleMania debut

    She's a longtime fan of professional wrestling, and inherited her nickname, Rowdy, from legendary figure "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. She hasn't fought in UFC since December 2016 when Amanda Nunes beat her via TKO in just 48 seconds.
  • New Gerber Baby First With Down Syndrome

    New Gerber Baby First With Down Syndrome

    Lucas' father, Jason Warren, said he hopes this will bring more acceptance for people with conditions such as Down syndrome . The 2018 Gerber baby is here! The first Gerber baby was Ann Turner Cook, who celebrated her 91st birthday previous year .
    England Release Their Kits Ahead Of The World Cup

    England Release Their Kits Ahead Of The World Cup

    Today, at their global launch event, Nike Football has revealed the new threads which Nigeria will be wearing at this year's upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation .
    Ozone Layer Continues to Deplete

    Ozone Layer Continues to Deplete

    Climate change has been affecting the atmospheric circulation pattern which carried out ozone from the tropic. These chemicals could so far have been "an insufficiently considered factor in the models", said Ball.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers Agree To Deal Making QB NFL's Highest-Paid Player Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers Agree To Deal Making QB NFL's Highest-Paid Player That's what makes Garoppolo's contract such a statement by the 49ers and why the impact will be noticeable in several areas. Kirk Cousins is expected to be the centerpiece of a competitive bidding war as soon as he hits the open market in March.

Donald Trump demanding France like military parade in Washington like a kid Donald Trump demanding France like military parade in Washington like a kid The National Victory Celebration Parade , which strolled down Constitution Avenue, reportedly cost more than $12 million. There is a reason why USA presidents don't hold military parades because the country is not a military dictatorship.

Poland's president signs controversial Holocaust bill Poland's president signs controversial Holocaust bill It excludes those who speak "within the framework of artistic or scientific activity". Thousands of Poles risked their lives to protect Jewish neighbours during the war.

Southwest plane slides to edge of taxiway in Baltimore airport, FAA investigating Southwest plane slides to edge of taxiway in Baltimore airport, FAA investigating The Boeing 737 jet skidded but remained on the pavement, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and airport officials. The skidding wasn't suspected to be a pavement issue, however, since ice-free and temperatures outside were above freezing.

Nest officially merged into Google's hardware division Nest officially merged into Google's hardware division But Google now wants to ensure its voice assistant works with both new and existing, non-Google-Assistant-compatible products. Fawaz told CNet that Nest has shipped more than 11 million products since 2011, when its first thermostat went on sale.

Patrice Evra set for a Premier League return Patrice Evra set for a Premier League return Having departed Manchester United for Juventus in 2014, Patrice Evra is on the cusp of a return to the Premier League . Patrice Evra has spoken about his move to West Ham United , and claimed it was one of the fastest deals of his career.

Palestinian shot dead following alleged stabbing attack north of Hebron Palestinian shot dead following alleged stabbing attack north of Hebron Israeli forces had been hunting for the assailants since the murder, with roadblocks and checkpoints set up following the attack. Israeli forces were apparently on a one-month manhunt for Jarrar as they claimed he had masterminded the death of the Israeli.

Steve Wynn's casino company stock sinks after he quits Steve Wynn's casino company stock sinks after he quits The executive also stepped down from the board of the company and as chairman of Wynn Macau Ltd ., a publicly-traded subsidiary. NPR is among the multiple companies and organizations that have been affected by such charges.

Google Readying Codename 'Yeti' Game Streaming Service, Possible Standalone Console Google Readying Codename 'Yeti' Game Streaming Service, Possible Standalone Console We've reached out to Google for a comment on the existence of the games console and will update this article when we hear back. The service will be accompanied on the market by a "Made by Google " gaming console, but Yeti will also work on Chromecasts.

Oil World Turns Upside Down as US Sells Oil in Middle East Oil World Turns Upside Down as US Sells Oil in Middle East Rising non-Opec output is likely to cap oil prices at some point, but now markets seem to be factoring in only the positive news. Also, unexpected is the economic collapse in Venezuela, which saw 2017 oil exports at their lowest level since 1989.

White House aide Rob Porter resigning amid abuse allegations White House aide Rob Porter resigning amid abuse allegations In addition to alleged verbal abuse, Willoughby says Porter physically dragged her out of the shower in 2010 and yelled at her. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she had not discussed the allegations against Porter with Trump.

Sheffield marks 100 years of women's right to vote Sheffield marks 100 years of women's right to vote Due to the large numbers of men who died in the First World War women assumed around a 43 per cent stake in the electorate. This Pacific nation is widely recognised as the first " self-governing " country to extend the franchise to women.

S.Africa's ANC divided on Zuma's destiny: social gathering official S.Africa's ANC divided on Zuma's destiny: social gathering official The BBC reports that, nonetheless, commentators say the ANC's popularity is declining because of the corruption allegations. However, Mr Zuma still has his supporters within the ANC - including at least two of the top six - so nothing is definite.

Toddler found 'frozen' to death on porch Toddler found 'frozen' to death on porch OH police identified the two-year-old toddler found frozen on the porch of her Akron home on Friday, Feb. 2, as Wynter Parker . The girl's mother discovered her outside and called 911, where a dispatcher walked her through giving CPR, WKYC reported.

Price of Bitcoin in S. Korea Falls to Lowest Level in 2018 Price of Bitcoin in S. Korea Falls to Lowest Level in 2018 Banks in the US and Great Britain have also joined the Bitcoin boycott, fearing the digital money's value will continue to drop. A 58-billion-yen theft from a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange last month also caused investors to flee from digital currencies.