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Real Madrid secure Copa del Rey trophy

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Gareth Bale's solo effort decided this year's Copa del Rey final just five minutes before the full time as Real Madrid have overcomed bitter rivals Barcelona and will now do their best to repeat this triumph in La Liga.

As soon as Antonio Mateu Lahoz blew the whistle for the last time, Madridistas went absolutely crazy. Estadio de Mestalla became white in an instant because of the most joyous moment for the visitors from the capital - first trophy of the year.

Both teams were disadvantaged due to the injuries of the crucial player(s) - Gerard Pique on one side and Cristiano Ronaldo, Jese and Alvaro Arbeloa on the other. This was a chance for those player who weren't granted much playing time in the regular part of the season. 

Gerardo Martino included Jose Manuel Pinto, Marc Bartra and Javier Mascherano, while Carlo Ancelotti gave a chance to Iker Casillas and Xabi Alonso. Real were considered favourites for the match played at Valencia's home ground and it wasn't a surprise for the neutral football lovers who predicted this outcome of the match.

Real Madrid made a fast start - scoring in the 11th minute, thanks to Angel Di Maria as a result of a counter attack. An equaliser came in the middle of the second half.

Marc Bartra has made his presence known for Vicente del Bosque recently, and gave him a lot to think about for the upcoming World Cup as he made it level after a corner for Los Cules.

After seeing Bale's goal that made the difference, I would have to say that all those millions invested in the Welshman have to come to prize. An unforgetable run by the sideline and an easy ball past Pinto made his fans scream throughout the night.

The battle continues in the league. Alonside these two club, there is also Atletico Madrid - this year's Champions League semi-finalist and the current holder of the first place at the table. La Liga hasn't been so tight for decades.


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