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Football: Real Madrid beat Barcelona to win Copa del Rey

Published on Apr 17, 2014 6:07 AM
Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe (left) and defender Sergio Ramos hold the trophy after winning the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final "Clasico" football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on April 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

VALENCIA, Spain (AFP) - Real Madrid kept alive their hopes of a treble this season as they beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday.

A superb solo goal by Gareth Bale proved the difference after Barcelona's Marc Bartra had levelled the match at 1-1 midway through the second half, cancelling out Angel Di Maria's opener.

Barcelona star Neymar thought he had brought it back to 2-2 as the match drew to a close but his shot came back off the post and into the hands of grateful Real Madrid 'keeper Iker Casillas.

Real are still in the Champions League - they play holders Bayern Munich in the semi-final next week - and are second in La Liga, three points behind city rivals Atletico Madrid.