VIDEO: Goals galore from past cup games between Barça and Valencia

VIDEO: Goals galore from past cup games between Barça and Valencia

The sides that meet in Thursday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg have been involved in some classic encounters in the competition over the years - and here are some of the highlights

Barça and Valencia go head to head this Thursday in the first leg of one of the classic games in Spanish Cup history.

The honours are even in the last ten meetings between them in the competition, with each side getting the better of the other on five occasions.

The only time they ever met in the final, in 1971, it was Valencia that were victorious. But on each of the five seasons when Barça got the upper hand, they have gone on to win the trophy.

Ronald Koeman was the hero 1990, the second season under Johan Cruyff, while in 1998 the headlines were grabbed by Rivaldo, who contributed three goals to a memorable victory.

The last two encounters, like this year’s, were both semi-finals. And Barça won both.

Carles Puyol, Cesc Fábregas and Xavi scored the goals in 2012.

And then there was that most sublime of semi-finals two seasons ago. Leo Messi scored three and Luis Suárez went one better with four in a 7-0 steam-roll at the Camp Nou – turning the second leg at Mestalla into a mere formality.

Click on the video above to enjoy some of the best goals from cup clashes of bygone years.

And if you like stats, then cast your eyes below…

Last ten meetings in the Copa del Rey

1962-63

Semi-final: Valencia 2-2 Barça / Barça 1-1 Valencia / Barça 1-0 Valencia (tie-breaker)

Barça went on to win the trophy, beating Zaragoza in the final

1970-71

Final: Valencia 4-3 Barça

1978-79

Round of 16: Barça 4-1 Valencia / Valencia 4-0 Barça

1989-90

Semi-final: Barça 2-1 Valencia / Valencia 1-1 Barça

Barça went on to win the trophy, beating Real Madrid in the final.

1991-92

Round of 16: Valencia 2-0 Barça / Barça-Valencia 4-2 (Valencia won on pens)

1997-98

Round of 16: Barça 2-1 Valencia / Valencia 1-3 Barça

Barça went on to win the trophy, beating Mallorca in the final.

1998-99

Quarter-final: Barça 2-3 Valencia / Valencia 4-3 Barça

2007-08

Semi-final: Barça 1-1 Valencia / Valencia 3-2 Barça

2011-12

Semi-final: Valencia 1-1 Barça / Barça 2-0 Valencia

Barça went on to win the trophy, beating Athletic Club in the final

2015-16

Semi-final: Barça 7-0 Valencia / Valencia 1-1 Barça

Barça went on to win the trophy, beating Sevilla in the final

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