Morbo Minute–Semi Final Review

In putting this post together I realized that I had an odd dynamic going on.  The competition was down to four teams, with one game a day and I missed most them.  Part of it was due to work and part was due to being sick, but it looks like I missed entertaining games.

Bilbao put a strong side in the first leg and seemed to be cruising at Mirandes, up 2-0 by halftime but the hosts pulled one back and have something to fight for at San Mames.  Did’t see how they could score twice at the Cathedral but they had made it this far.  Turns out they scored twice but gave up six.  I was able to watch the opening quarter an hour or so, by which Los Leones had put the visitors to the sword.  They eventually ran out 6-2 winners on the night and 8-3 on aggregate.  Don’t want to pat myself on the back but I did predict them to make the final.

As for Valencia v Barcelona, Los Che travelled to the Nou Camp with a shot at progressing.  From reports I read on the first leg, FCB woke up in the second half and could have put the tie to bed but a missed penalty and some poor finishing gave Valencia at least a chance.  The second leg kicked off with the Blaugrana fired up and putting Los Che under all sorts of pressure.  Fabregas scored early but the second goal would not come. Valencia were set up for the counter but couldn’t punish FCB.  In the second half, they came out in much better spirits and turned the table on the hosts.  Barca eventually regained control but the decider didn’t come until late through Xavi. Valencia then suffered a second yellow and that was that.

The date and site of the Final still have to be decided.  It depends on Barcelona’s progress in the Champions League.  If they make the Champions League Final, I believe that the Copa del Rey Final will be May 19 or 20, possibly at the Bernabeu.  If they don’t, then I heard that the Final will be May 25.  Whenever it is, should be a great game as the two most successful teams in this competition square off.

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