A thousand people, in full ecstasy, took the avenue of Sweden and in front of the first Mestalla ring shouted for the presence of the players on the balcony. The image, characteristic in Valencia after every great feat of the team, arrived after the bat eleven eliminated Getafe (3-1) in a tense and controversial night and advance to the semifinals of the Cup. In a season full of disappointments, team and social mass celebrated their first great joy.
Valencia reached its 34th semifinal copera (16 finals, seven titles) and repeated presence among the four best as it did last year, eliminated by Barça. The last time the black team overcame the semis was in the 2007-08 campaign, when they lifted the title precisely against Getafe.
The soccer players, who heard from the dressing room the hubbub, came out on the balcony before going through the shower. There were shouts and chants for all: Gabriel, with the wound in the eyebrow already closed, Rodrigo, triple goal scorer, Carlos Soler, Gayà and for the children Ferran Torres and Kang In, which the elders applauded. The Korean was seen in the last two goals with two decisive passes. The 27 minutes he was in the field were bright. Valencia shielded it on Wednesday until 2022 with a clause of 80 million euros.
Rodrigo emerges from the victory against Getafe who, reborn, returns to see goal after a few months of drought. The player exploded at the end of the game downloading all the negativity accumulated in the first half of the competition. Rodrigo, beside himself and shouting in Portuguese, burned adrenaline in front of the stands. He raised his right arm clenching his fist, hit the shield and put his hands to his eyes returning the gesture that a collaborator of Pepe Bordalás had made them seven days ago calling them crybabies. "We have shown an impressive character. This is what we are. We felt superior to Getafe on the field, not talking, "he said. The referee of the match, Estrada Fernández, explained in the minutes the confrontations between the players at the end of the match and the insults to him.
Rodrigo broke to make goals and, incidentally, several statistics. The Valencia striker is the first player in the history of the Copa del Rey to score two decisive goals in injury time. His triplet against Getafe is the first he gets with the bat's shield. "My goals have nothing to do, I always highlight the collective, although when things go wrong we are marked two or three, as always, but football works well," he explained.
His fifth season at Valencia was dark until he scored in Balaídos the goal that saved Marcelino's head and put the team in the lane towards his recovery. The 27-year-old attacker from Rio de Janeiro started the course with a goal against Atlético and then stayed dry until December, when he scored against Eibar in Ipurua. His attitude of disappointment, impatience and anxiety led Parejo to give him the launch of a penalty against Valladolid. "Quiet that you are going to put it," said the captain. But Rodrigo failed and the game ended in a draw. That day was the first to leave the Mestalla. Throughout this period of shadows, Marcelino has always defended his striker, one of his titularisimos.
A week later, he was successful against Celta and from there he has recovered the lost goal. That happened to another goal against Villarreal and the treble against Getafe. At the doors of the visit to the Camp Nou on Saturday, the semifinals of the Cup and the Europa League, Valencia has recovered its scorer.