Valencia won the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Cup, for the seventh time when it beat Getafe, 3-1, on Wednesday in Madrid to salvage its
Valencia, a perennial La Liga contender, has slumped to 15th place in the league, but put in a strong performance against highly rated Getafe. Ronald Koeman
's team was up, 2-0, within 12 minutes thanks to goals from Juan Mata
. Getafe midfielder Esteban Granero
scored from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime, but veteran Fernando Morientes
sealed the win with a header seven minutes from time.
"I hope this triumph allows us to continue the rest of the season with a bit more tranquillity,"
Koeman said. "We are a big club and when a big club doesn't live up to its billing there is a lot of unease. But we've won the Cup and we have to enjoy it and hope that we can build on this."