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Valencia win seventh King's Cup

April 17, 2008 09:54 IST

Valencia rescued a miserable season by claiming their seventh King's Cup with a 3-1 final win over Getafe on Wednesday.

Ronald Koeman's side, who have been dragged into the relegation battle after three successive league defeats, went 2-0 up within 12 minutes thanks to goals from midfielder Juan Mata and centre back Alexis.

Getafe, who lost to Sevilla in last season's final, were thrown a lifeline when Esteban Granero scored from the spot on the stroke of halftime.

The goal gave Michael Laudrup's team a new lease of life and they put their opponents under severe pressure in the second half but it was Valencia who struck again, substitute Fernando Morientes heading in with seven minutes left.

The night ended on a low note for Getafe when midfielder Fabio Celestini was sent off just before the final whistle.

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