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Cesc delighted with Catalunya crown

Cesc Fabregas said he was happy to have won his first senior Copa Catalunya as a Barcelona side combining youth and senior players saw off local rivals Espanyol on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the final at the Camp D'Esports in Lleida.

Simao Sabrosa put Espanyol ahead in the first half after a mistake by Barca defender Adriano Correia but, with blaugrana coach Tito Vilanova sending on more and more regulars after the break, Fabregas finally equalised in the 89th minute by slotting past Espanyol 'keeper Kiko Casilla following an Alex Song assist.

Song and periquitos attacker Christian Stuani were then sent off for scuffling, before the game was decided in a penalty shootout that began with Casilla saving from Xavi Hernandez but ended with David Villa converting the decisive spot-kick for Barca to win 4-2.

Fabregas told Catalan TV 3 afterwards that, while the Copa Catalunya is not the biggest prize Barca had played for this season, he was happy to add another medal to his collection.

"It is another trophy," he said. "I have a lot of Copas from when I played in the youth system, but none playing for the first team. There is always something to play for in a local derby."

Casilla, who made a series of fine saves from Fabregas, Villa and Alexis Sanchez as Barca pressed for an equaliser after half-time, had been the best player on show, the ex-Arsenal man said.

"Kiko Casilla was stellar," he said. "In the second half we had a lot of chances and in the end we managed to score. It is one more trophy and now time to go home."

Barca assistant coach Jordi Roura also declared himself happy that the club had lifted the Copa Catalunya for the first time since 2006-07.

"We are very pleased with this trophy seeing that it has been years since we last won it," Roura said. "In general the team competed well. After everything we have done this season, we came here and we competed at our level."

Of the Barca B and C players who started the game, Roura said attacker Gerard Deulofeu, who will play with the first team next season, had played well.

"In the first half he played on the right, and he was not performing at his best. In the second half we switched him to the left and he opened up the pitch and looked for one-on-ones. He is a special and different player."

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