After a cagey, tight and circumspect 120 minutes of football, Pellegrini’s Real Betis won the Copa del Rey 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation.
Duro’s chipped finish cancelled out Iglesias’ header after 11 minutes at the half-hour mark.
Despite chances for both sides to equalise, Mamadashvili and Bravo were not to be beaten. The two teams eventually appeared to settle for spot-kicks in an extra-time period that was stop-start and strenuous.
Musah’s missed opportunity in the shoot-out allowed the Andalusians to take the lead and Miranda’s final dispatch sealed the win after five successfully converted penalties.
Joaquin lifts the cup again, 17 years after last holding it aloft as Real Betis won the Copa del Rey.
REAL BETIS XI (4-2-3-1): Claudio Bravo;
Hector Bellerin, Marc Bartra, German Pezzella, Alex Moreno;
Guido Rodriguez, William Carvalho; Sergio Canales, Nabil Fekir, Juanmi;
VALENCIA XI (5-2-1-2): Giorgi Mamardashvili;
Jose Gaya, Omar Alderete, Gabriel Paulista, Mouctar Diakhaby, Dimitri Foulquier;
Hugo Guillamon, Ilaix Moriba; Carlos Soler;
Goncalo Guedes, Hugo Duro.
1-0. It’s a well-worked goal from the Verdiblancos as Fekir picks up possession in midfield before spotting the overlapping run of Bellerin down the right flank. The full-back puts a perfect cross into the area for Iglesias, who attacks it with vigour and leaves the goalkeeper no chance!
1-1. After winning possession in their half, Valencia immediately gets the ball up the pitch on the counter-attack, finding Moriba in the centre-circle unmarked. He prods a pass between Bartra and Bellerin for Duro, who charges into the penalty area and scoops a delightful finish!
On Saturday night, real Betis captain Joaquín helped the Andalusian outfit lift their third Copa del Rey title in Seville.
The club’s number 17 came on in the 86th minute of the final against Valencia.
In a fantastic cup final, the 40-year-old scored a spot-kick as Betis won 5-4 in the penalty shootout.
Betis fan and left-back Juan Miranda netted the decisive fifth penalty to hand the club its first silverware in 17 years.
Speaking to TV3, Joaquín said:
“These tears are the suppressed emotion of all these days, of seeing the people and how they supported us, knowing the responsibility of playing this type of game.
“It is usual for these tears to flow. However, Everyone deserves it. Penalties are a lottery.
“We’re so happy because we’re in Sevilla. So I’m going to enjoy this, and We’re Copa del Rey champions.
“We dedicate this to all the people who support us… The staff, the coaches, the cooks, all the people who are not seen, for my daughters, my wife, my brothers, my parents, all the Béticos.”
So, what’s next?
Real Betis will be facing Getafe on 2nd May. Meanwhile, Valencia will be hosting Levante.
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