One defeat ends run
The Copa del Rey has been cruel to Barça as the only defeat that the team tasted all season in the competition saw them eliminated having already beaten such luminaries as Sevilla and Villarreal.
Frank Rijkaard's team defeated Alcoyano in their first round and worked their way through to play
and knock out holder Sevilla before taking on Villarreal and winning after a very close couple of
matches. The Blaugrana won through the three rounds before the semi finals, with two wins, four
draws and no defeats. Valencia were next up in the semis.
Same as last term
In the first leg against Los Ché, the two teams drew 1-1 in
Camp Nou and a high scoring draw or an outright victory in Mestalla would have seen Barça make it
through to the final. But the home side won 3-2 and Barça were facing up to going out of the
competition at the same stage as they did last season, when they were beaten 4-0 in the second leg
of the semi final against Getafe.
In the semi final against Valencia the Blaugrana dominated
possession as they recorded an overall average of 61.55 per cent on the ball in Mestalla. The
visitors also had far more chances on goal as they managed 15 shots to the hosts eleven and made
more attacking passes with 121 recorded to Valencia's 117. Barça also put in more crosses with 35
balls into the area to the home team's 14. The most important statistic though, did not go in
Barça's favour as they scored twice and Valencia scored three.
Henry is top scorer
One of the stars of Barça's cup run this term has been
Thierry Henry who was the top goalscorer in the competition with four. The Frenchman scored a goal
in each round as his efforts against Sevilla and Villarreal proved to be decisive.