Barcelona booked their place in the 2015/16 Copa del Rey final with an 8-1 aggregate demolition of Valencia despite being held to a 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s second leg at the Estadio de Mestalla.
Out of protest for recent run of poor results, Mestalla was only scarcely full. However, Los Che improved on their performance as the half wore thin, having forced former charge Mathieu into a goal-line clearance to deny Santi Mina from point-blank range.
Trailing Barcelona with a seven goal deficit, Neville’s men pulled a goal back, when Negredo sprung a failed offside trap and rounded Ter Stegen, albeit helped by a deflection off the goalkeeper’s face to put the home side in front with seven minutes left in the opening 45 minutes.
The second half never really got going, with both sides cancelling one another out, although Valencia arguably had the better of the chances, Mina sending a free header wide and another last-ditch clearance denying Negredo’s cutback after he had left Barcelona man Vidal in his wake.
Los Che continued to create openings, albeit few and far between, as Danilo Barbosa’s free kick forced Ter Stegen into a fingertip save, while Pablo Piatti was guilty of missing two snapshots, the latter especially disappointing as it brought a promising breakaway to an abrupt end.
Nonetheless, their gradual decline was exploited by Barca’s three substitutes, Douglas playing in Juan Camara down the left and the winger drilling a low cross into the box for Wilfried Kaptoum’s first senior goal in Blaugrana colours, a strike which also set a new club record of 29 games unbeaten.