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Welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the second leg of 2011-12's Copa del Rey quarter-final clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Join us until midnight (0100 CET) for eight hours of uninterrupted, comprehensive build-up, updates and reaction

00:04 GMT

26/01/2012

That's all from us. We appreciate you following and participating in Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the Clasico!

It's been another exciting ride, and it's been worth it every step of the way. Thanks to everyone who contributed to it by sharing their thoughts and opinions through Facebook and Twitter.

From everyone here at Goal.com, a very good night to you all!

00:01 GMT

26/01/2012

Meanwhile, for Madrid, Director Emilio Butragueno believes that the club deserved more for their performance and were unlucky to crash out of the competition.

'Football did not want to reward Real Madrid' - Emilio Butragueno after Copa del Rey exit to Barcelona

“The team has shown great strength and have fought to the end. We should have won the match and the tie, but football did not want to reward Madrid.

“We are very happy with Mourinho, our desire is to continue with this for two more seasons, which is what is signed. To our knowledge, Mourinho is very happy here.”

23:50 GMT

25/01/2012

Quotes from the players and coaches are coming through and first up we have Barcelona goal-scorer Dani Alves:

Barcelona's Daniel Alves: We knew we had to suffer until the end against Real Madrid

"They were phenomenal, closed down very well and made it very hard for us to attack.

"The most important thing is that we are through. We knew this tie would be decided in both matches, not just the first one.

"We are very happy to go through."

23:48 GMT

25/01/2012

Many have responded to our Player Ratings, with some suggesting they should be slightly adjusted:

Hazwan Nasir is disappointed Mest Uzil was not rated at least an 8.5, believing he was head and shoudlers above everyone on the pitch.

Nour Sedki suggests Ben should curb his enthusiasm for Lionel Messi, asking what the diminutive Argentine did besides grabbing an assist.

Fagoyinbo Samuel Sunday insists that Cristiano Ronaldo had a better game than his rival Messi, and should be rated in that regard.

23:34 GMT

25/01/2012

Player Ratings: Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid (4-3 Agg) - Our Player Ratings are in from Goal.com's Ben Hayward.

Do you agree with his choices? Messi and Crsitiano Ronaldo rated 7, Cesc Fabregas a lowly 4.5. How about Mesut Ozil at 7.5? Let us know what you think about his selections on Facebook and Twitter and tell us who impressed you, or fell short of expectations in this match!

23:18 GMT

25/01/2012

Some more stats after the match, this time on he Ballon d'Or winner as well as disciplinary records.

FACT: For the first time since his debut, Messi has failed to score in three consecutive Clasicos.

And

FACT: Since the start of 2010-11, there have been nine red cards in 10 Clasicos (Real Madrid 7, Barcelona 2).

23:14 GMT

25/01/2012

Now that the Clasico has ended, you, the fans, have told Goal.com what you think of the latest edition of the Barcelona versus Real Madrid battle through Facebook and Twitter
 

Some of the fans have pointed the finger at the match officials:

Dharmesh C Patel calls the referee a 12th man for Barcelona and Lewaa Shoujaa says Madrid fans have reason be proud of their performance and only are bowing out because of poor officiating. Felix Isoler Odhiambo, on the other hand, believes that the visitors should not be blaming referee Fernando Teixeira Vitienes‎ for their exit.



23:04 GMT

25/01/2012

A nice post-match stat, guaranteed to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside if you're a Barcelona fan!

FACT: FC Barcelona are now undefeated in their last seven Clasico matches. That constitutes a new club record.

22:59 GMT

25/01/2012

22:57 GMT

25/01/2012

THE FINAL WHISTLE BLOWS!
Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid (4-3 agg.)

It was another pulsating chapter in the Clasico saga, stay tuned for our Match Report, Player Ratings, and reactions from the stars on and off the pitch. Of course, let us know what you think via Facebook and Twitter

22:52 GMT

25/01/2012

Sergio Ramos sees a red card after picking up a second booking for an elbow against Busquets! IT looked a tad harsh, let us know what you think via @goal_intl on Twitter or by contacting us on Facebook.

FACT: It was the 13th red card of Sergio Ramos' Real career, passing Hierro's record.

22:48 GMT

25/01/2012

Benzema's equaliser has livened things on the social media front, but it remains 4-3 on aggregate in favour of the Blaugrana.

Prince Hardayorlah Carzm seems in awe of recent events, claiming that "it's not possible!"

Kehinde Osoba has commented that barcelona's midfield is nowhere to be found now and Alfa Jonnie pleads with Madrid to dfind a winner: "Just one more please!"

Meanwhile, Barca boss Guardiola has gone for a more conservative approach, throwing on Javier Mascherano for Alexis Sanchez in an effort to hold on to the advantage.

22:35 GMT

25/01/2012

SPECTACULAR! Benzema flicks it past Carles Puyol and volleys it into the net. It's Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid. Another goal at this stage would see Mourinho's side through...

Tweet me @Scime_Goal  or contact us Facebook or Twitter with your thoughts, are Madrid back in this tie? Or will Barca see it through?

22:31 GMT

25/01/2012

Cristiano Ronaldo pulls one back! it's Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid. A glimmer of hope for the visitors?

22:28 GMT

25/01/2012

Facebook and Twitter are rife with debate regarding Sergio Ramos' disallowed goal at the outset of the second half.

Eddie Squared Eddie dismissed any notion it was a foul on Dani Alves and says the non-call will lead to "chaos" and Jakub Vozarik believes that the last two Clasicos have seen Barca get plenty of help from match officials.

Oppong Bright
and Ludovick Constantine take the opposite view, saying there was a clear push on the full-back.


22:22 GMT

25/01/2012

For all you stats-lovers out there, below are the numbers from the first half that saw Guardiola's men take a two-goal lead.

HT Stats BARCELONA - REAL MADRID: Shots 5-9, On target 2-3, Passes 309-155, % Successful 89.6%-80.0%, Fouls 10-12, Possession 66.1%-33.9%

22:17 GMT

25/01/2012

More drama to fuel the fire! Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos has a goal disallowed after heading home at the start of the second half. It didn't look like much of a foul on Dani Alves...

The score remains 2-0 in favour of Barcelona. Give us your views on the incident on Facebook and Twitter

22:14 GMT

25/01/2012

NEWS UPDATE: Iniesta has suffered a small rupture in his biceps femoral in his left leg, Sky Sports are reporting he could be out for three weeks.

22:12 GMT

25/01/2012

The second half is underway and, of course, you can follow the play-by-play updates here: Barcelona 2-0 Real Madrid

And another STAT regarding a goal-scorer for you: Pedro scored his 52nd goal for Barcelona in the Guardiola era. He is the best goal scorer under Pep after Messi (174 goals)

22:02 GMT

25/01/2012

Here's a timely FACT for you: That was Dani Alves' first-ever goal in Copa del Rey competition for Barcelona.