2011 Copa del Rey Final

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2011 Copa del Rey Final
Event 2010–11 Copa del Rey
After extra time
Date 20 April 2011
Venue Estadio Mestalla, Valencia
Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance 55,000
Weather Mostly cloudy
16 °C (61 °F)[1]
2010
2012

The 2011 Copa del Rey final was the 107th final since its establishment. The match was a traditional 'El Clásico' rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid which took place on 20 April 2011 at the Estadio Mestalla, making it the sixth such Copa del Rey final (the last one was played also in Valencia on 5 April 1990), just four days after the two teams played each other in La Liga and seven days before they played each other in the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final. Real Madrid lifted the trophy for the eighteenth time in their history with a 1–0 victory after extra time.[2][3]

Road to the final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2010–11 Copa del Rey.
Barcelona Round Real Madrid
Opponent Result Legs Opponent Result Legs
Ceuta 7–1 2–0 away; 5–1 home Round of 32 Murcia 5–1 0–0 away; 5–1 home
Athletic Bilbao 1–1 (ag) 0–0 home; 1–1 away Round of 16 Levante 8–2 8–0 home; 0–2 away
Real Betis 6–3 5–0 home; 1–3 away Quarter-finals Atlético Madrid 4–1 3–1 home; 1–0 away
Almería 8–0 5–0 home; 3–0 away Semi-finals Sevilla 3–0 1–0 away; 2–0 home

Match[edit]

The match was scoreless after 90 minutes but there had been numerous scoring chances on both sides. Cristiano Ronaldo was credited with having three good chances in the first half, the last of which was kept out with a one-handed save by Barcelona goalkeeper Pinto.[3] Barcelona did not have a shot on target in the first half but in the second they dominated possession and Iniesta and Pedro both forced saves by Real Madrid goalkeeper Casillas.[4] The game was won in the first period of extra time by the game's only goal, a header from Cristiano Ronaldo from a cross from teammate Di María.[3]

The BBC gave credit to Real Madrid manager José Mourinho's defensive tactics for keeping Barcelona scoreless.[3] When Barcelona's Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, and Villa got the ball they were challenged by two Madrid players.[3] There were many fouls in the match, with the referee issuing eight yellow cards.[5] Real Madrid's Di María was sent off in the 120th minute after receiving his second booking.[6]

Match details[edit]

20 April 2011
21:30 CEST
Barcelona 0 – 1 (a.e.t.) Real Madrid
Report (Spanish) Ronaldo Goal 103'
Barcelona
Real Madrid
Barcelona:
GK 13 Spain José Manuel Pinto
RB 2 Brazil Daniel Alves Substituted off 115'
CB 14 Argentina Javier Mascherano
CB 3 Spain Gerard Piqué
LB 21 Brazil Adriano Booked 117'
DM 16 Spain Sergio Busquets Substituted off 107'
CM 6 Spain Xavi (c)
CM 8 Spain Andrés Iniesta
RF 17 Spain Pedro Rodríguez Booked 34'
CF 10 Argentina Lionel Messi Booked 65'
LF 7 Spain David Villa Substituted off 104'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Spain Víctor Valdés
DF 5 Spain Carles Puyol
DF 18 Argentina Gabriel Milito
DF 19 Brazil Maxwell Substituted in 115'
MF 15 Mali Seydou Keita Substituted in 107'
MF 20 Netherlands Ibrahim Afellay Substituted in 104'
MF 30 Spain Thiago Alcântara
Manager:
Spain Pep Guardiola
Barcelona-Real Madrid-lineup.svg
Real Madrid:
GK 1 Spain Iker Casillas (c)
RB 17 Spain Álvaro Arbeloa
CB 4 Spain Sergio Ramos
CB 2 Portugal Ricardo Carvalho Substituted off 119'
LB 12 Brazil Marcelo
DM 3 Portugal Pepe Booked 26'
CM 14 Spain Xabi Alonso Booked 60'
CM 24 Germany Sami Khedira Substituted off 104'
RF 23 Germany Mesut Özil Substituted off 69'
CF 7 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
LF 22 Argentina Ángel Di María Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 85', 118'
Substitutes:
GK 25 Poland Jerzy Dudek
DF 19 Argentina Ezequiel Garay Substituted in 119'
MF 8 Brazil Kaká
MF 11 Spain Esteban Granero Substituted in 104'
FW 6 Togo Emmanuel Adebayor Booked 73' Substituted in 69'
FW 9 France Karim Benzema
FW 20 Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín
Manager:
Portugal José Mourinho

Assistant referees:
Fermín Martínez Ibáñez (Navarre)
Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (Andalusia)
Fourth official:
Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (Cantabria)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions
Copa del Rey
2010–11 winners
Real Madrid
18th title

Aftermath[edit]

Real Madrid players celebrated their victory that evening by riding a double-decker bus through Madrid where they were greeted by cheering crowds. While holding the trophy aloft, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos dropped the cup in front of the bus, where it was crushed.[7] Ramos later joked that he hadn't dropped the cup but that the cup jumped down to meet the fans.[8] The cup was replaced immediately with a spare version and placed in the Real Madrid museum.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/LEVC/2011/4/20/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA
  2. ^ "El Real Madrid levantó la Copa del Rey en Mestalla" (in Spanish). Real Federación Española de Fútbol. 21 April 2011. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 21 April 2011. Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ronaldo's late goal gives Real Madrid win over Barcelona in Copa del Rey". The Guardian. 21 April 2011. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Madrid clinch Copa del Rey". Sky Sports. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Barcelona v Real Madrid – as it happened". guardian.co.uk. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Real Madrid replace crushed Copa del Rey crown following Sergio Ramos' howler". Mail Online. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sergio Ramos Drops Copa del Rey Under Moving Bus in Madrid". Slate. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 

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