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Luis Enrique bows out with Copa del Rey final win over Alavés

Andrés Iniesta lifting the trophy on Saturday night.
Andrés Iniesta lifting the trophy on Saturday night. / EFE
  • The victory was a fitting end to the coach’s trophy-laden three-year spell in charge

Luis Enrique ended his spell as Barcelona boss on a high last Saturday as the Blaugrana recorded a 3-1 victory against Deportivo Alavés in the Copa del Rey final, the last official game to be played at the Vicente Calderón.

The match was effectively settled by half time despite a superb Theo Hernández freekick giving the underdogs a glimmer of hope when he cancelled out Lionel Messi’s opener in the 33rd minute.

However, it was a quickfire double on the stroke of half time from Neymar and Paco Alcácer that killed off the tie.

Alavés had their chances in the second half but lacked the conviction necessary to put real pressure on the La Liga runners up. Despite a stuttering campaign both domestically and in Europe, Barça were not going to let this one slip.

They used their experience and their signature possession game to see out the tie, wrapping up the ninth piece of silverware in Luis Enrique’s three-year spell in charge with plenty still left in the tank.

The match also proved to be the last for Alavés head coach Mauricio Pellegrino, who announced he would be leaving among interest from Sevilla and clubs in the Premier League.