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LIVE: Copa del Rey Final – Barcelona 3-1 Alaves… Neymar and Messi put Enrique’s men in control before the break

Date Posted,May 26, 2017

1. The end of the line

This was Luis Enrique’s last game as Barcelona manager, with Ernesto Valverde taking over from him on Monday.

This is the last time Barcelona will wear the Qatar Airways sponsorship on their shirt, with Rakuten taking over, ending the six years the country have featured on the front (formerly Qatar Foundation).

This was the last time Carlos Clos Gomez will referee a game, with the 44 year old hanging up his whistle after a decade at the top level.

This was the last time we will see some of these players turning out for both sides. Barcelona will be selling some stars to raise money and sign new ones, while nine of Alaves’ squad were on loans which now expire.

This was the end of the Spanish domestic football season and we have to wait three months for it to start all over again—although Real Madrid are in action against Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3.

And of course, this was goodbye to the iconic, historic, frankly brilliant Vicente Calderon stadium. It’s a shame Atletico couldn’t feature in the last official match here, but regardless, it will be missed.

(Photo: AFP)
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