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Xavi and Mata, in the last time Barça and Valencia met in the Cup / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

FC Barcelona and Valencia will face off in the King’s Cup in what will be their sixth matchup in the semifinals of the competition. In past ties against Valencia the Catalans managed to qualify for the final three times while Los Che made it to the championship match on two occasions.

Past semifinals

The first time Barça and Valencia played in the semis was in the 1941/42 season. The Azulgranas sent Valencia out of the competition with two victories (1-2 and 3-2). In the final, however, Athletic Club won the title in overtime (4-3).

Seven seasons later the two team met again in the same round of the Cup. This time is was Valencia that went through to the final in a closely contested tie; Valencia won at home by 3-1 but narrowly lost by 3-2 at the Camp Nou.

In the 1962/63 season the teams had to play a tiebreak match after both home and away games saw both team level on goals (1-1 and 2-2). Barça won the third match thanks to a solitary goal from Vergés.

Two semifinals in the last 21 years

Cruyff’s first title with the Club was the King’s Cup in the 1989/90 season, the Azulgranas claimed the crown after seeing Valencia off in the semifinals. Barça won at home by 2-1 and the return leg ended in a one-all draw; Koeman’s goal ensured passage to the championship match.

The last time Barça and Valencia played a Cup semifinal against each other was in the 2007/08 season when Frank Rijkaard was on the Barça bench. The Catalans fell in the return leg at Mestalla by 3-2 after drawing (1-1) at the Camp Nou.

Barça and Valencia have faced off 18 times in the Cup

Barça and Valencia have played each other in the King’s Cup 18 times, 5 of which paired both teams up in the semifinals. In total, Barça was the victor on 11 occasions to Valencia’s 7.

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