Barcelona are in great position to achieve a fifth back to back Copa del Rey final after leo messi’s lifted cross was headed home by luis suarez saw valencia down by 1-0 at the Nou Camp.
The previous Liverpool striker at last made the most of Barca’s predominance in the 67th minute of the elimination round first leg.
Valencia were pounded 7-0 in their last such meeting against the blaugranas, a match in which previous England defender Gary Neville was in control for, however they did enough this time around to guarantee they head into the arrival leg inside touching difference.
The guests, right now third in La Liga, were on the back foot from the beginning as Barca, champs of this championship over the most recent three years, took control.
The notice signs were there from the third minute when Lionel Messi dribbled past a few defenders and crossed wide.
Aleix Vidal and Suarez both missed before Sergi Roberto was lucky to remain on the field.
The Spaniard got just a yellow card for a high tackle on Andreas Pereira in the 35th minute.
Suarez was a consistent irritation for the Valencia defenders and almost broke the gridlock, just barely missing to get a touch to Andres Iniesta’s ball over the edge of the box.
Valencia were having a rough time escaping their own half and when they did, Martin Montoya crushed a half-volley wide from the edge of the box right before half time.
Marcelino’s side regrouped at half-time and began to come into the match as Daniel Parejo shot directly at Jasper Cillessen.
Barca’s record signing Philipe Coutinho, a 58th-minute substitute, couldn’t beat Jaume Domenech with a twisting shot which was rather easy for the goalkeeper.
Another substitution, Paco Alcacer, found the palms of Juame as Barca looked for another goal for comfort.
Juame was tried once more, this time by Messi, before Valencia almost snatched an equalizer.
Substitute Santi Mina squandered an incredible shot as he headed over at the end.Rajasthan Tourism App - Welcomes to the lend of Sun, Send and adventures