Barça defeats Gary Neville's Valencia 7-0 in Copa del Rey semis first leg

Saturday, February 6, 2016

On Wednesday, FC Barcelona defeated Valencia CF 7–0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi netted three goals and Uruguyan striker Luis Suárez netted four.

File photo of Luis Suárez, who scored four goals in the match
Image: Lluís.

The Catalans, Barcelona, have now scored more than 100 goals this season, and have not been defeated in the league since October, winning their last 27 games overall. Gary Neville, who became Valencia's manager in December, has yet to win a league game, and the team have not won any of their last eleven La Liga matches.

Barcelona had greater ball possession in the match. Five yellow cards and one red card were shown.

Neymar assisted Suárez for the opening goal of the match in the 7th minute. Five minutes later, Aleix Vidal assisted Suárez, who netted the second goal, Barcelona's 100th goal this season. Valencia were trailing 2–0 with less than a quarter of an hour played. Just before the half-hour mark, Neymar flicked on for Messi to score the team's third. Valencia's captain Shkodran Mustafi was sent off late in the first half for a foul on Messi in the penalty box, but Neymar missed the resulting penalty, hitting the post.

Messi scored from an assist by Suárez in the 58th and completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute, to put the visitors 5–0 down. Suárez scored from a header in the 83rd minute, assisted by Adriano and then in the 88th minute, he converted Arda Turan's assist, giving Barcelona a comfortable win.

February 3, 2016
FC Barcelona 7–0 Valencia CF Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 60,635
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias, Spain
Scored after 7', 12', 83', 88 minutes 7', 12', 83', 88' Luis Suárez
Scored after 29', 58', 74 minutes 29', 58', 74' Lionel Messi
Booked after 14 minutes 14' Andrés Iniesta
Booked after 24 minutes 24' Gerard Piqué
Booked after 84 minutes 84' Arda Turan
(3–0) HT Sent off after 45+2' 45+2' Shkodran Mustafi
Booked after 65 minutes 65' Sofiane Feghouli
Booked after 79 minutes 79' Denis Cheryshev