Valencia fans finally have something to cheer about after Ronald Koeman's side beat Getafe 3-1 in the Copa del Rey final at the Vicente Calderon.....
Goals: 1-0 Mata (4') 2-0 Alexis (11') 2-1 Granero (pen.46') 3-1 Morientes (83')
Apologies for the lack of a proper report, but La Liga Review is actually working - seriously - and unable to write anything meaningful. Besides, I'm testing out posting this from a Blackberry so you probably aren't reading this anyway. Unless of course it worked - and if it didn't work - then that's just a bit weird and you shouldn't even be here.
Vaya Partido! This was a game! A proper cup final, just as a cup final should be. It really did have it all: goals, controversy, a sending off, a penalty, shots hitting the cross bar. Pure drama.
Don't be distracted by the score line - this game really could have gone either way until Morientes
put the tie beyond the reach of Getafe in the 83rd minute to make it 3-1.
Valencia were quicker out of the traps than Getafe and in an astonishing opening 11 minutes, Ronald Koeman's side found themselves leading by two goals to nil. Getafe were slow getting started and perhaps the occasion got the better of them in the opening exchanges; Valencia, in spite of all their troubles were clearly the side with the most internationals and big game experience.
However, Getafe responded well and clawed their way back in to the game. Their goal came just before the interval and was thoroughly deserved, albeit through a penalty.
The second half may not have had quite as many goals, but was certainly thrilling to watch. As the game wore on and Getafe battled to level the match, the game really opened up either side could have won it. Eventually it did: Valencia's way, thanks to substitute Fernando Morientes. At 3-1 the tie was as good as over, but just to make certain, Celestini got himself sent off for Getafe in the 88th minute for a foul on David Silva.
For once, and maybe the last time for quite a while, Ronald Koeman and Valencia have something to cheer about.
You can probably hear them celebrating from here, over at The Offside Valencia - where you'll probably find a proper report on the match too.