Goncalo Guedes’ wonder strike helped Valencia to a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey semifinal second leg at Mestalla to take them back to the competition’s final three years after they won the title over Barcelona.
The result was never in doubt from the beginning. The Los Che dominated the match from the very first whistle against a Bilbao side determined to reach the final for a third consecutive time after falling short in the last two to Real Sociedad and Barcelona.
A 1-1 draw in the first leg at Bilbao meant any team could still progress to the final. But Valencia, in front of a sold-out Mestalla stadium, created better chances.