How Rodrigo grabbed late double to seal Cup semi-finals berth for Valencia

Madrid – Valencia reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals after Rodrigo Moreno scored twice in stoppage time for a hat-trick to help them beat Getafe 3-1 on Tuesday.

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Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets (R) controls the ball during the Spanish league football match between Levante and Barcelona at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia on May 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO /

They secured a 3-2 aggregate win with the victory, after losing last week’s first leg 1-0.

There had seemed little hope of progression for the home side when Jorge Molina put Getafe 1-0 up inside a minute.

But Rodrigo’s second-half treble turned the game on its head and sent them into the last four.

Molina, who got the winner in the first game, caught goalkeeper Jaume Domenech out of position at his near post for the opener.

However, Valencia showed the kind of spirit their La Liga season has been sorely lacking to fight back and progress.

The hosts thought they had equalised just after the break, but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) showed that Carlos Soler was in an offside position before teeing up Santi Mina.

And it then looked like it was going to be a frustrating night at the Mestalla.

However, Rodrigo equalised on the hour for Marcelino Garcia’s side.

And when Djene Dakonam was sent off for the second time in as many games for a second booking in the 74th minute, the pendulum swung in Valencia’s favour.

At this point, the game has already grown scrappy with 12 yellow cards handed out.

Substitute Hugo Duro missed a glorious chance to seal the tie for Getafe against the run of play, before Rodrigo fired his second two minutes into added time.

Molina saw team mate Duro unintentionally block his goal-bound effort three minutes later, allowing Valencia to counter as Mina nodded the ball into the path of Rodrigo.

He then scored the third to seal a famous victory and a place in the semi-finals.

Tempers flared at the final whistle as players and coaches from both sides squared up.

In Wednesday’s quarter-final second legs, Real Beria host Espanyol after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

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