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Copa del Rey: Barcelona's new record - 29 games unbeaten and counting

Madrid: An under-strength Barcelona set a new club record of 29 games unbeaten to progress to the Copa del Rey final with a 1-1 draw at Gary Neville's Valencia on Wednesday for an 8-1 aggregate win.

Barcelona players celebrate a goal against Valencia in Copa del Rey semis which was played in front of virtually empty stands. Pic/AFP
Barcelona players celebrate a goal against Valencia in Copa del Rey semis which was played in front of virtually empty stands. Pic/AFP

Barca's place in a fifth final in six years was assured after a 7-0 first-leg rout last week and without their star attacking trio Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar the under-fire Neville looked set to be handed some relief by Alvaro Negredo's first-half opener.

However, 19-year-old Cameroonian midfielder Wilfred Kaptoum came off the bench to score his first Barca goal and preserve the European champions unbeaten run six minutes from time.

Sevilla are well-set to meet Barca in the final on May 21 as they travel to Celta Vigo in the second-leg of the other semi-final leading 4-0. In total, Enrique left 11 first-team regulars back in the Catalan capital with an eye to his side's busy upcoming schedule in La Liga and Champions League.

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