2011 Copa del Rey Final

2011 Copa del Rey Final
Event 2010–11 Copa del Rey
After extra time
Date 20 April 2011
Venue Mestalla Stadium, Valencia
Man of the Match Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Attendance 55,000
Weather Mostly cloudy
16 °C (61 °F)[1]

The 2011 Copa del Rey Final was the 109th final since its establishment. The match was a traditional 'El Clásico' rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid which took place on 20 April 2011 at the Mestalla Stadium, making it the sixth such Copa del Rey final (the last one was played also in Valencia on 5 April 1990), just four days after the two teams played each other in La Liga and seven days before they played each other in the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final.

Real Madrid lifted the trophy for the eighteenth time in their history with a 1–0 victory after extra time.[2][3]

Road to the final

For more details on this topic, see 2010–11 Copa del Rey.
Barcelona Round Real Madrid
Opponent Result Legs Opponent Result Legs
Ceuta 7–1 2–0 away; 5–1 home Round of 32 Murcia 5–1 0–0 away; 5–1 home
Athletic Bilbao 1–1 (ag) 0–0 home; 1–1 away Round of 16 Levante 8–2 8–0 home; 0–2 away
Real Betis 6–3 5–0 home; 1–3 away Quarter-finals Atlético Madrid 4–1 3–1 home; 1–0 away
Almería 8–0 5–0 home; 3–0 away Semi-finals Sevilla 3–0 1–0 away; 2–0 home


The match was scoreless after 90 minutes but there had been numerous scoring chances on both sides. Cristiano Ronaldo was credited with having three good chances in the first half, the last of which was kept out with a one-handed save by Barcelona goalkeeper José Manuel Pinto.[3] Barcelona did not have a shot on target in the first half, but in the second they dominated possession, with Andrés Iniesta and Pedro both forcing saves from Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.[4] The game was won in the first period of extra time by the game's only goal, a header from Cristiano Ronaldo from a cross from Ángel Di María.[3]

The BBC gave credit to Real Madrid manager José Mourinho's defensive tactics for keeping Barcelona scoreless.[3] When Barcelona's Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi and David Villa got the ball, they were challenged by two Madrid players.[3] There were many fouls in the match, with the referee issuing eight yellow cards.[5] Real Madrid's Ángel Di María was sent off in the 120th minute after receiving his second booking.[6]

Match details

20 April 2011
21:30 CEST
Barcelona 0 – 1 (a.e.t.) Real Madrid
Report (Spanish) Ronaldo  103'
Real Madrid
GK 13 Spain José Manuel Pinto
RB 2Brazil Dani Alves  115'
CB 14 Argentina Javier Mascherano
CB 3Spain Gerard Piqué
LB 21Brazil Adriano  117'
DM 16 Spain Sergio Busquets  107'
CM 6 Spain Xavi (c)
CM 8Spain Andrés Iniesta
RF 17Spain Pedro  34'
CF 10Argentina Lionel Messi  65'
LF 7Spain David Villa  104'
GK 1Spain Víctor Valdés
DF 5Spain Carles Puyol
DF 18Argentina Gabriel Milito
DF 19Brazil Maxwell  115'
MF 15Mali Seydou Keita  107'
MF 20Netherlands Ibrahim Afellay  104'
MF 30Spain Thiago
Spain Pep Guardiola
Real Madrid:
GK 1Spain Iker Casillas (c)
RB 17Spain Álvaro Arbeloa
CB 4Spain Sergio Ramos
CB 2Portugal Ricardo Carvalho  119'
LB 12 Brazil Marcelo
DM 3Portugal Pepe  26'
CM 14 Spain Xabi Alonso  60'
CM 24Germany Sami Khedira  104'
RF 23 Germany Mesut Özil  69'
CF 7Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
LF 22Argentina Ángel Di María Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 85', 118'
GK 25 Poland Jerzy Dudek
DF 19 Argentina Ezequiel Garay  119'
MF 8 Brazil Kaká
MF 11Spain Esteban Granero  104'
FW 6Togo Emmanuel Adebayor  73'  69'
FW 9France Karim Benzema
FW 20Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín
Portugal José Mourinho

Assistant referees:
Fermín Martínez Ibáñez (Navarre)
Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (Andalusia)
Fourth official:
Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (Cantabria)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions
Copa del Rey
2010–11 winners
Real Madrid
18th title


Real Madrid players celebrated their victory that evening by riding a double-decker bus through Madrid where they were greeted by cheering crowds. While holding the trophy aloft, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos dropped the cup in front of the bus, where it was crushed.[7] Ramos later joked that he had not dropped the cup, but that the cup jumped down to meet the fans.[8] The cup was replaced immediately with a spare version and placed in the Real Madrid museum.[7]


  1. http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/LEVC/2011/4/20/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA
  2. "El Real Madrid levantó la Copa del Rey en Mestalla" (in Spanish). Real Federación Española de Fútbol. 21 April 2011. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 "Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 21 April 2011. Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  4. "Ronaldo's late goal gives Real Madrid win over Barcelona in Copa del Rey". The Guardian. 21 April 2011. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  5. 1 2 "Madrid clinch Copa del Rey". Sky Sports. 21 April 2011. Archived from the original on 23 April 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  6. "Barcelona v Real Madrid – as it happened". guardian.co.uk. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  7. 1 2 "Real Madrid replace crushed Copa del Rey crown following Sergio Ramos' howler". Mail Online. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  8. "Sergio Ramos Drops Copa del Rey Under Moving Bus in Madrid". Slate. Retrieved 23 April 2011.

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