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Yaya Toure helps Barca to win Cup

Yaya Toure celebrates his goal in the Copa del Rey final
Yaya Toure equalised for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final

Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure scored for Barcelona as they thrashed Athletic Bilbao 4-1 to win the Copa del Rey for the first time in over a decade.

The win keeps Barcelona on course for the treble of Copa del Rey, Spanish League and European Champions League.

Gaizka Toquero headed Bilbao into a ninth-minute lead, but Yaya Toure equalised with a fine solo effort.

Lionel Messi, Bojan Krkic and Xavi completed the win with a goal each in the second half of the final.

It is the first time that Barcelona have won the cup since 1998 and it was coach Pep Guardiola's first trophy as a manager.

It is also the Catalan side's first piece of silverware in two seasons, although the Spanish league title could soon follow with only a point needed at Real Mallorca on Sunday to secure a 19th championship.

"We hope it's an historic week and we will go for the second title this weekend," said defender Gerard Pique.

"We just want to enjoy this win first and then concentrate on trying to win more titles."

The final part of the treble - which no Spanish team has ever achieved - is the Champions League final against Manchester United on 27 May.

For Bilbao, who have won the cup 23 times, it was bitter disappointment in their first final since 1985.



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