Copa del Rey
Report: Valencia 1-0 Real Betis (Valencia won 3-2 on agg,)
Date: 28 February 2019
Valencia will face FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final after they defeated Real Betis 1-0 in the second leg of their semi-final on Thursday evening.
Valencia came into the encounter with a slight advantage after securing 2-2 draw away to Betis in the first leg a couple weeks ago.
The hosts saw a lot of the ball in the early stages of the first half, while Betis were quite content to sit back and soak up the pressure.
Surprisingly, the only chance of the half fell to the visitors as Valencia shot-stopper Jaume Domenech was called upon to tip Sergio Canales' free-kick over the crossbar at the midway point.
The game's opening goal eventually arrived ten minutes into the second half as Kevin Gameiro clipped the ball to the far post, where Rodrigo was on hand to finish to hand Valencia the lead.
The visitors responded with a change soon after as Francis Guerrero made way for Loren Morón, who had two Copa del Rey goals to his name this season.
Betis threw bodies forward as they needed two goals to book a spot in the final, but they were finding it tough to penetrate the Valencia backline.
The visitors did feel they deserved a penalty when Loren went down in the box in second-half stoppage time, but the referee waved away the appeals as Valencia held on for the win 1-0 on the night and 3-2 win on aggregate.
Valencia last reached the final in 2008 when they defeated Getafe 3-1 at the Vicente Calderon for a seventh Copa del Rey title.