Barcelona Vs. Valencia, 2012 Copa Del Rey Semifinals: Cules Coast Through

Despite a great performance by Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves, Barcelona comfortably defeated Los Che on Wednesday to advance to the Copa Del Rey final, where they will face Athletic Bilbao.

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Barcelona Vs. Valencia, 2012 Copa Del Rey Semifinals: Blaugranas Advance To Final

Barcelona didn't exactly bring their finishing boots to Camp Nou on Wednesday, but their lack of shooting skills were hardly a hindrance against Valencia. Los Che were very, very poor, and only the combination of Barcelona's poor finishing and some good play by goalkeeper Diego Alves kept the Blaugranas from scoring in the double digits. Barcelona delivered a thorough beating to Valencia, but only found the back of the net twice in a 2-0 win. That score put them through 3-1 on aggregate, and they will face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey final.

Cesc Fabregas put Barcelona ahead in the 16th minute with a narrow-angle finish off of a brilliant through ball by Lionel Messi. Barcelona would produce numerous other scoring opportunities and should have had four or five goals by halftime, but couldn't find the back of the net a second time before the break.

The second half transpired much like the first, with Valencia playing poorly and Barcelona failing to convert their chances. Central defenders Adil Rami and Victor Ruiz looked like they had never played together and were bailed out by their goalkeeper and Barcelona's finishing over and over again. In the 76th minute, Sofiane Feghouli was sent off for Los Che, seemingly taking away all chance of an equalizer.

Barcelona ended the tie just five minutes later, when Fabregas set up Xavi for a brilliant second goal, giving the Cules the 3-1 aggregate victory.

For more on the Blaugranas, check out FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes.

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Barcelona Vs. Valencia, 2012 Copa Del Rey Semifinals: Halftime, Cules Lead By One

Barcelona lead Valencia by one goal on the night and on aggregate, but it could be so much worse for Los Che. Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves, though he let in one goal, has been absolutely brilliant and this tie would have already ended if not for him. He made three brilliant saves between the goal and the halftime whistle, giving his side a chance to go out and level the tie after the break. At halftime, Barcelona lead by a score of 1-0 on the night, 2-1 on aggregate.

The goal came in the 16th minute, with Cesc Fabregas scoring on a brilliant narrow angle finish. Lionel Messi's assist was downright jaw-dropping; the little Argentinian played an absurd 40-yard ball with the softest of touches over the top of the defense to Fabregas. The former Arsenal man went to Alves' right, then chipped the ball past him into the back of the net.

This goal came just two minutes after Sofiane Feghouli missed an absolutely golden opportunity -- Valencia's best of the match -- on the other end. They don't look much like scoring, and will need to play much better in the second half.

For more on the Blaugranas, check out FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes.

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Barcelona Vs. Valencia, 2012 Copa Del Rey Semifinals: Lineups

We're not 100 percent sure what this Barcelona team is going to look like, but no matter what, Pep Guardiola seems intent on taking the game to Valencia. He doesn't appear to be terribly concerned by whatever attacking threat they will pose. Either this is a 3-4-3 or, more likely, it's a 4-3-3 with Xavi as the most defensively proficient central midfielder. Valencia don't have Pablo Hernandez and have sat Pablo Piatti in favor of Sofiane Feghouli. Here are the lineups.

FC Barcelona Lineup (4-3-3): Pinto; Puyol, Piqué, Mascherano, Abidal; Xavi, Thiago, Fabregas; Cuenca, Messi, Sanchez

Valencia Lineup (4-2-3-1): Alves; Miguel, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Mathieu; Albelda, Banega; Feghouli, Jonas, Jordi Alba; Aduriz

Kickoff is at 3:00 p.m. ET, 8:00 p.m. local time. You can catch the game on GolTV in the USA and on Sky Sports 2 in the UK.

For more on the Blaugranas, check out FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes.

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