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Michelle Ackermann

Michelle Ackermann

Born in South Africa, soccer has always been a part of my life, and was pretty much ingrained in my genes. Journalism is my second love in life, and what better way to combine my two favorite things in life than to write about the one thing I am most passionate about. I follow the New York Red Bulls religiously, but have a deep passion for La Liga. This passion is part of the reason why I have moved to Barcelona to pursue my dream of becoming a sports broadcaster.


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Barcelona Secures Spot in Copa Del Rey Final

Written by on February 9, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Barcelona, La Liga, Valencia

For all the fans who had started to ponder and worry where the Barcelona’s form had gone, this would be the match that reminded them of how good their team can be.

The game displayed the sort of skill, imagination, tact and precision worthy of the “best team in the world” – despite the 7-point gap enjoyed by current La Liga leaders, Real Madrid.

Valencia, a worthy opponent, gave Barcelona a run for their money in the first half. The first 15 minutes of the match the possession seemed evenly split, but Barcelona were first to strike and in the 16th minute, Cesc Fabregas gave Barcelona the lead.

Even with a lead there was certainly no reason to relax as Valencia continued to pressurize Barcelona, and goalkeeper Pinto was required to make a number of  crucial saves.

The second Barca goal did come until late in the 2nd half.  A pass from Messi found Xavi on a breakaway and the goal secured Barcelona’s spot in the final.

Admittedly, when Pinto starts in goal, I feel less secure, but an amazing display by Pinto frustrated Valencia time and time again.

Guardiola singled out his second-choice keeper for special praise, “He was impeccable, especially his footwork.”

During the post-game interviews it was clear how important the win and a place in the Copa del Rey Final was to the Barcelona players. Cesc, who scored the first goal was particularly happy with his own performance, “This is one of my best games since I’ve arrived at FC Barcelona” he said.

For the second time in three years, FC Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao in the King’s Cup Final and it will also mark the 12th Cup Final reached by Barcelona under  Pep Guardiola. – a truly remarkable achievement.

The semi-final second leg was easily one of Barcelona’s best displays of the season and overall, an  excellent match.  Barcelona fired on all-cylinders with their trademark passing and almost telepathic chemistry between the players proving too much for a spirited Valencia side.

However, it is a display such as this that leads to the inevitable question. Why does Barcelona not play every game with such passion, intensity and skill?

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2 responses to “Barcelona Secures Spot in Copa Del Rey Final”

  1. tim villarreal says:

    Congrats to Barca…Bilbao won’t be easy…i just want Mourinho to leave Spanish futbol…i wont mind if Madrid win League and CL if thats what it will take for Mou to feel satisfied enough to leave.

  2. Ed Gomes says:

    The turmoil between Spaniards and Cantalonians continues and now it seems as if the Basque region will get thrown on the mix for the world of football.
    Real is trying to get the final of The Coppa moved out of the Bernabeu. They are claiming that there’s work to be done to the stadium on that date, and they could also dispute the CL Final, so it couldn’t support both events. On that date Atletico Madrids stadium is also not available due to a scheduled concert.
    Petty and ridiculous, but the Coppa just might be moved out of Madrid.

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