Alaves beats Celta in Copa, reaches 2nd final in its history

Alaves beats Celta in Copa, reaches 2nd final in its history

Alaves beats Celta in Copa, reaches 2nd final in its history

Alaves hosted their Copa del Rey final opponents in what was a hammering for the home team as Barcelona netted six to temporarily go ahead of Real Madrid, who will play later this evening.

Alaves, the recently promoted club from Basque Country, will be playing in the final of a major tournament only for the second time in its 96-year history.

Alaves should have halved the deficit early in the second period when a wonderful cross from Ruben Sobrino found Christian Santos unmarked inside the Barcelona box, but the number nine somehow fired over the crossbar.

Paco Alcacer will now be the most likely replacement for Suarez alongside fellow South American superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar when they face unlikely finalists Alaves at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

A home win for Alaves is 9/1 with bet365, while an away win is 3/10. "We'll be mobilized for this final".

Neymar is also available for action as well after missing the cup game in midweek through suspension, while Barca B's Carles Alena is also in the squad.

But Raul, who scored 323 goals in 741 appearances for Real, believes they can still win La Liga and retain the Champions League.

Luis Suarez has had his red card appeal turned down and will now be banned for two games, including the Copa del Rey final.

Television replays suggested that Vidal may well have suffered significant damage to his right ankle, and head coach Luis Enrique confirmed after the match that the problem looked to be "serious".

Fans of both clubs clashed before the match in the city of Vitoria.

The Camp Nou was the chosen venue for the final last campaign, in which Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 in the final.

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