May 27, 2017 / 9:31 PM / 4 months ago

Soccer-Barca win third King's Cup in row as Messi, Neymar down Alaves

MADRID, May 27 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi and Neymar showed their class as Barcelona beat a determined Alaves side 3-1 in the King’s Cup final on Saturday to win the competition for the third year in a row and bid farewell to coach Luis Enrique on a high.

Messi curled in the opener in the 30th minute from outside the area following clever link up play with Neymar after Alaves, who were playing in their first domestic final, had struck the inside of the post.

The Basque side drew level three minutes later when Theo Hernandez fizzed a spectacular free kick into the top corner although Neymar restored Barca’s lead a minute before halftime, bundling in Andre Gomes’s pass from close range after starting the move with a dazzling run down the left.

Paco Alcacer further stretched the Catalans’ lead two minutes later killing off Alaves’ hopes of a first trophy in their 96-year history and delivering Barca’s 29th King’s Cup, the ninth trophy of Luis Enrique’s three-year tenure. (Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Rex Gowar)

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