Real Madrid wins 19th Copa del Rey title

(Manu Fernandez/ Associated Press ) - Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas lifts the trophy at the end of the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Real defeated Barcelona 2-1.

VALENCIA, Spain — Gareth Bale raced down the field, avoided a defender and rolled the ball under goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the 90th minute, giving Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona on Wednesday night and its 19th Copa del Rey title.

Angel Di Maria put Real Madrid ahead from a counterattack in the 11th minute, but defender Mark Bartra scored on a header off a corner kick in the 67th, the first time Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas allowed a goal in this season’s tournament.

Neymar hit a post in the 90th for Barcelona, which was eliminated from the Champions League last week and lost at Granada last weekend, making a league title unlikely.

“Obviously this is not a good moment. It has been a hard week on all fronts,” Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said.

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