Barcelona’s Gerard Pique celebrates scoring their first goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Barcelona play at Valencia Thursday to defend a 1-0 win from the first leg and try to reach their fifth straight Copa final.Barcelona have faced a hostile environment at Mestalla in the past.In a league match last season, Valencia fans threw objects at Barcelona's players while they celebrated a goal near the stands.Valencia and Barcelona met in the Copa semifinals two years ago, with the Catalan club winning 7-0 at Camp Nou Stadium in the first leg.Since that demoralizing 7-0 defeat, Valencia have lost only three of their six matches against Barcelona, winning 2-1 at Camp Nou in a league game in 2016 and drawing 1-1 at Mestalla earlier this season.
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