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2014 Copa del Rey final
The Mestalla Stadium in Valencia hosted the final
Event2013–14 Copa del Rey
Date15 April 2014 (2014-04-15)
VenueMestalla, Valencia
Man of the MatchGareth Bale (Real Madrid)
RefereeAntonio Mateu Lahoz

The 2014 Copa del Rey final was the 112th final of Spain's premier football cup since its establishment (including two seasons where two rival editions were played). The match was an El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona on 15 April 2014 at Mestalla in Valencia,[1][2] making it the seventh such Copa del Rey final (the most recent was also played at the Mestalla on 20 April 2011).

Real Madrid won the cup for the 19th time after a 2–1 win.[3][4][5] In winning the final, Real Madrid went on to play against Atlético Madrid, the winners of the 2013–14 La Liga season, in the 2014 Supercopa de España.

Road to the final[edit]

Real Madrid Round Barcelona
Opponent Result Legs Opponent Result Legs
Olímpic de Xàtiva 2–0 0–0 away; 2–0 home Round of 32 Cartagena 7–1 4–1 away; 3–0 home
Osasuna 4–0 2–0 home; 2–0 away Round of 16 Getafe 6–0 4–0 home; 2–0 away
Espanyol 2–0 1–0 away; 1–0 home Quarter-finals Levante 9–2 4–1 away; 5–1 home
Atlético Madrid 5–0 3–0 home; 2–0 away Semi-finals Real Sociedad 3–1 2–0 home; 1–1 away


The match was rescheduled to be played three days earlier than the original date as there was a chance that both clubs could have UEFA Champions League semi-finals the following week. Each team was allotted 20,000 tickets for club members.[6] Real Madrid's top scorer of the season Cristiano Ronaldo missed the final due to knee and thigh injuries.[7][8]

Real Madrid were appearing in their 39th Copa del Rey Final, with a prior tally of 18 victories, while Barcelona had won 26 of their 35 finals. The two teams had each won three of the six previous El Clásico finals: Real Madrid in 1936, 1974 and 2011, Barcelona in 1968, 1983 and 1990. The 2011 win was Real Madrid's most recent, having been defeated in the 2013 final. Barcelona had last won the cup in 2012.[9]



External videos
video icon Gareth Bale's incredible goal against Barcelona | Copa del Rey Final 2014 on YouTube

After 11 minutes Real Madrid went in front when Ángel Di María's low left footed shot from the left went through Jordi Alba's legs and in off goalkeeper José Manuel Pinto's left hand. Barcelona were level in the 68th minute when Marc Bartra headed into the far corner of the net after a Xavi corner from the left.[10]

The winning goal came with five minutes to go when Gareth Bale picked the ball up just inside his own half on the left wing and went past Bartra at a blistering pace (at one point off the field before running back onto the field) leaving Bartra in his wake, before running into the penalty area, evading more challenges and then composedly slotting the ball left-footed low past the goalkeeper from six yards out. Some football pundits labelled his goal as a masterclass,[11] whilst Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino admitted that it was "difficult to see a player sprint like that at that stage of the game".[12]


Real Madrid2–1Barcelona
Di María 11'
Bale 85'
Report Bartra 68'
Attendance: 52,953
Real Madrid
GK 1 Spain Iker Casillas (c)
RB 15 Spain Dani Carvajal
CB 3 Portugal Pepe Yellow card 17'
CB 4 Spain Sergio Ramos
LB 5 Portugal Fábio Coentrão
DM 14 Spain Xabi Alonso Yellow card 88'
CM 19 Croatia Luka Modrić
CM 23 Spain Isco Yellow card 3' downward-facing red arrow 89'
RW 22 Argentina Ángel Di María downward-facing red arrow 86'
LW 11 Wales Gareth Bale
CF 9 France Karim Benzema downward-facing red arrow 90'
GK 25 Spain Diego López
DF 2 France Raphaël Varane upward-facing green arrow 90'
MF 16 Brazil Casemiro upward-facing green arrow 89'
MF 18 Spain Nacho
MF 24 Spain Asier Illarramendi upward-facing green arrow 86'
FW 21 Spain Álvaro Morata
FW 39 Brazil Willian José
Italy Carlo Ancelotti
GK 13 Spain José Manuel Pinto
RB 22 Brazil Dani Alves
CB 15 Spain Marc Bartra downward-facing red arrow 87'
CB 14 Argentina Javier Mascherano Yellow card 53'
LB 18 Spain Jordi Alba downward-facing red arrow 46'
DM 16 Spain Sergio Busquets
CM 6 Spain Xavi (c)
CM 8 Spain Andrés Iniesta
RW 11 Brazil Neymar Yellow card 17'
LW 4 Spain Cesc Fàbregas downward-facing red arrow 60'
CF 10 Argentina Lionel Messi
GK 25 Spain Oier
DF 5 Spain Carles Puyol
DF 21 Brazil Adriano upward-facing green arrow 46'
MF 17 Cameroon Alex Song
MF 24 Spain Sergi Roberto
FW 7 Spain Pedro upward-facing green arrow 60'
FW 9 Chile Alexis Sánchez upward-facing green arrow 87'
Argentina Gerardo Martino

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La RFEF acogió la reunión entre los finalistas de la Copa de SM el Rey" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 20 February 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo out of Real Madrid v Barcelona tie". BBC Sport. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid Live". Daily Telegraph. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Brilliant Bale breakaway heaps more misery on Martino's men". Goal.com. 16 April 2014. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Copa del Rey final rescheduled". Sports Illustrated. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out of cup final". ESPN. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Copa del Rey final against Barcelona with injury". Guardian. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Spain - List of Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  10. ^ Lowe, Sid (16 April 2014). "Real Madrid's Gareth Bale gallops past Barcelona to land Copa del Rey". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Real Madrid's Gareth Bale gallops past Barcelona to land Copa del Rey". Guardian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Gareth Bale: Copa del Rey winner incredible, says Xabi Alonso". BBC Sport. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2017. Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino said: "It is difficult to see a player sprint like that at that stage of the game."