Real Madrid Wins Spanish Cup with Ronaldo Header
Christiano Ronaldo sent a header into the net in extra time to give Real Madrid a 1-0 victory over archrival Barcelona in the Spanish Cup, or Copa del Rey, final at the Estadio Mestalla in Valencia on Tuesday.
Ronaldo made the breakthrough goal in the 103rd-minute, beating Barca goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto and sending fans in Madrid into a frenzied celebration. It was the 18th Spanish Cup title overall for Real, but only the first since 1993, when The Meringues defeated Real Zaragoza, 2-0, in the final. The silverware is also the first for Jose Mourinho since he took over Real last year.
Madrid had the upper hand in the first 45 minutes but had to rely on the agile hands and feet of goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas in the second half as Barca had several opportunities at goal. The close victory ended a six-match winless streak for Real against its El Classico rival. Barca, which lost its first title match under manager Pep Guardiola, will have a change to avenge the defeat when the two sides meet Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League semifinal series.