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Real Madrid beat old foes Barcelona to lift Copa del Rey

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-17

Welshman Gareth Bale scored a stunning winner as Real Madrid beat old foes Barcelona 2-1 in the final of Spain's Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

A trademark Bale gallop and goal sealed a 19th Copa del Rey title for Real Madrid at Valencia's Mestalla stadium.

The Welshman filled the void left by the injured Cristiano Ronaldo to score his first goal in three "Classicos" against Barcelona, and thereby claim his first career trophy.

Madrid led for most of the game thanks to Angel Di Maria's 11th-minute goal, but Marc Bartra headed Barcelona level in the 67th.

Barcelona star Neymar thought he had brought it back to 2-2 as the match drew to a close but his shot came back off the post and into the hands of Madrid keeper Iker Casillas.

The loss is a blow for Barcelona, with the Catalan club eliminated from the Champions League and its domestic league title defence in danger.

Real on the other hand are still in the Champions League -- they play holders Bayern Munich in the semi-finals next week -- and are second in La Liga, three points behind city rivals Atletico Madrid.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and AFP)

Date created : 2014-04-16

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