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The man who inadvertently got Real Madrid disqualified from the competition was welcomed with open arms at Camp Nou, playing for Valencia.

By The SI Staff
February 03, 2016

You might recall Denis Cheryshev's name from the Real Madrid-Copa del Rey fiasco, when then-manager Rafa Benitez played Cheryshev, not realizing he was ineligible due to a suspension stemming from last season's competition. 

Gerard Pique enjoyed an epic Twitter laugh, Real Madrid was disqualified from the competition as a result, and on transfer deadline day, Cheryshev was loaned to Valencia. 

As fate would have it, Valencia reached the Copa del Rey semifinals against Real Madrid's rival Barcelona, and with Cheryshev's competition ban up, he was called into action by Valencia manager Gary Neville with the 10-man visitors trailing 3-0. Barcelona fans welcomed him with open arms and one hilarious ovation:

Barcelona fans sang "Cheryshev te quiero!" and the chants would've likely gone on had Lionel Messi not scored almost immediately after the Russian international came on, making it 4-0 in the first leg of their semifinal.

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