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Valencia defender Gabriel on Suarez banter: He called me a cagon! You must fight Barcelona and the ref here

Valencia defender Gabriel Paulista insists he enjoyed the banter he had with Luis Suarez during last night's Copa del Rey tie.

Barcelona won the first-leg of their semifinal 1-0, with Suarez grabbing a second-half winner.

The Uruguay international enjoyed a combative tussle with Gabriel throughout the game and the Los Che defender laughed afterwards: "They are things from inside the field, he told me that I was a cagón, and I told him that he was a good player, that he was the best '9' in the world , but that stays inside.

"So we forget it and that's all."

Gabriel also remarked: "We have fought to the death as Marcelino wants, it is a first battle and we had to give up blood for this team, now we think about the next match."

Andreas Pereira was forced off after a high challenge from Barca midfielder Sergi Roberto and Gabriel added: "My teammates say that Sergi Roberto's tackle on Pereira was red, we are in the Camp Nou and we have to fight against Barça and against referees."

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