Real Madrid again refuse to allow Bernabeu be venue for Cup final

Paco Alcacer will now be the most likely replacement for Suarez alongside fellow South American superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar when they face unlikely finalists Alaves at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Ronaldinho, who won two La Liga titles and the Champions League in his five years at Camp Nou, scored 94 goals for the Spanish giants.

Barcelona has yet to lose a Copa del Rey home-and-away series since coach Luis Enrique took over in 2014, a run of 12 straight triumphs.

Suarez turned in a cross from Vidal in the 37th minute to give Barca the lead over the Basques, who they will meet in the King's Cup final, and Neymar pounced on an error from goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco in the 40th.

Although unsurprisingly saddened by Vidal's injury, Luis Enrique was full of praise for his team's performance and referred to it as being "complete".

It is a crucial match for Barcelona to win and grab the first spot in the points table as they have already played 21 matches whereas Real Madrid on the other hand just played 19 games and remains in the first spot with 46 points.

"In a game like this you need to be in control and we were able to do so", Luis Enrique said. He'd just left with the doctors when we entered the dressing room.

Vidal fired over from inside the area as the visitors went close again, but they should soon have fallen behind. "It's a shame for the player, the team and for Barca".

Barca will have Neymar back from suspension but Javier Mascherano is out with a thigh injury.

Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto are missing for Barcelona against Alaves in this Copa del Rey final dress rehearsal.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has handed the Uruguayan global a two-match ban which will see him miss the final on May 27 as well as the opening match of next year's competition.

  • Julie Sanders