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Alaves eyes upset of Barcelona in Copa del Rey final

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) The final of the Copa del Rey pits Barcelona's star power against a tiny Basque Country club whose biggest weapons are its grit and gnawing hunger for a taste of glory.

Win or lose, Alaves is savoring the cup final on Saturday as the perfect finish to its first season back in Spain's topflight in an decade.

But to have a chance of winning the first major trophy in its 96-year history, Alaves' ragtag collection of journeymen has to be squeezed of every ounce of effort by coach Mauricio Pellegrino to upset the cup-holders led by Lionel Messi.

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