2011 Copa del Rey Final

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2011 Copa del Rey Final
Event2010–11 Copa del Rey
After extra time
Date20 April 2011
VenueMestalla, Valencia
RefereeAlberto Undiano Mallenco
WeatherMostly cloudy
16 °C (61 °F)[1]

The 2011 Copa del Rey Final was the 109th 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 Mestalla Stadium, 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 18th time in their history with a 1–0 victory after extra time. It was Real Madrid's first win in 18 years, having last won the Copa del Rey in 1993 against Real Zaragoza[2][3]

Road to the final[edit]

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 (a) 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


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 José Manuel Pinto.[3] Barcelona did not have a shot on target in the first half, but in the second they dominated possession, with Andrés Iniesta and Pedro both forcing saves from Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker 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 Ángel 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, Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi and David 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 Ángel Di María was sent off in the 120th minute after receiving his second booking.[6]

Match details[edit]

Barcelona0–1 (a.e.t.)Real Madrid
Report (in Spanish) Ronaldo Goal 103'
Real Madrid
GK 13 Spain José Manuel Pinto
RB 2 Brazil Dani Alves Substituted off 115'
CB 14 Argentina Javier Mascherano
CB 3 Spain Gerard Piqué
LB 21 Brazil Adriano Yellow card 117'
DM 16 Spain Sergio Busquets Substituted off 107'
CM 6 Spain Xavi (c)
CM 8 Spain Andrés Iniesta
RF 17 Spain Pedro Yellow card 34'
CF 10 Argentina Lionel Messi Yellow card 65'
LF 7 Spain David Villa Substituted off 104'
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
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 Yellow card 26'
CM 14 Spain Xabi Alonso Yellow card 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 card 85' Yellow-red card 120'
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 Yellow card 73' Substituted in 69'
FW 9 France Karim Benzema
FW 20 Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín
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


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 had not 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]

See also[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. Archived from the original on 23 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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