Goncalo Guedes’s gorgeous strike has earned Valencia a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao of their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg, taking them again to the ultimate three years after they received the title with a shock victory over Barcelona.
It was not more than Valencia deserved as they dominated the match in opposition to a Bilbao aspect bidding to achieve the ultimate for a 3rd consecutive season, after dropping the final two to Actual Sociedad and Barcelona.
Following a 1-1 draw within the first leg at Bilbao, Valencia, roared on by the group at a sold-out Mestalla stadium, created the higher possibilities.
The attacking trio of Guedes and Spanish strikers Hugo Duro and Bryan Gil have been a continuing menace to the Athletic defence, however they hit a wall within the type of goalkeeper Julen Agirrezabala, who made a string of essential stops.
However even an impressed Agirrezabala couldn’t stop Guedes scoring what proved to be the winner within the forty third minute, because the Portugal winger rifled an unstoppable 30-yard shot into the web following a nook.
“I noticed the chance and took it. It was an unbelievable aim,” Guedes instructed reporters.
“It was an incredible evening, beginning with the reception that we bought outdoors the stadium, there have been 1000’s of followers, they deserve this greater than something. It’s for them.”
Valencia will face the winners of the opposite semi-final between Actual Betis and Rayo Vallecano on Thursday. Betis lead 2-1 from the primary leg in Madrid.