Barcelona fans give Denis Cheryshev standing ovation at Camp Nou

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Barcelona fans saw their team demolish Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday night, essentially confirming their place in the final with a 7-0 win at Camp Nou.

It was an epic performance, which included four goals from Luis Suarez, three from Leo Messi, a red card for Valencia and a missed penalty for Neymar. All things considered, it was a superb night of football for fans of the Blaugrana.

But things got even better in the 58th minute when Valencia boss Gary Neville decided to replace Joao Cancelo for his deadline day loan signing Denis Cheryshev.

Having come through the Real Madrid youth system, the Russian winger could have naturally expected a few boos and hisses from the crowd, but, instead, he received something no Real Madrid player has ever received before: a standing ovation.

The reason? Well, you may well recall that Real Madrid were thrown out of the Copa del Rey in December for fielding an ineligible player in a 3-1 win over Cadiz. That's right, that player was indeed Cheryshev.

The Eliminator

Not only did the 23-year-old play the first-half of the game when he wasn't registered, but he also scored one of Real Madrid's three goals. Rafa Benitez only realised at half-time, but by then it was too late.

Such is the demographic of Spanish football, Real Madrid's elimination basically secured another Copa del Rey trophy for Barcelona, who are now outright favourites to retain it. As a result, Cheryshev is now every Barcelona fan's favourite Los Blancos star.

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