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February 27, 2013 1:30 AM IST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 95002‎
89′ Jordi Alba
Cristiano Ronaldo 13′ (PG)

Barcelona-Real Madrid Preview: Clasico rivals set for crunch Copa showdown

A pulsating encounter saw both sides draw 1-1 in the first leg of the semi-final tie, though the Blaugrana's away goal means they hold a slender advantage ahead of Tuesday night

By Karthick Arvinth

Xavi Hernández, Karim Benzema | Real Madrid v Barcelona | Clásico
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Barcelona quartet Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi are all in line to return to the starting line-up for Tuesday's clash against Real Madrid after being rested over the weekend.

Defender Adriano is a doubt with a hamstring problem, but assistant coach Jordi Roura has an otherwise clean bill of health.

Madrid welcome back Xabi Alonso (groin), Karim Benzema (knee) and Raphael Varane (muscle strain) from injury.

Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria also return after missing the first leg through suspension, while Kaka is pushing for a start after his match-winning contribution against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

  • Barcelona are on a 22-match unbeaten run at Camp Nou in all competitions (W18, D4).
  • The Catalan giants have won just one of their last six encounters against Real Madrid (W1, D3, L2).
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored a club-record 17 goals in 23 Clasico appearances.
  • Real Madrid are facing Barcelona for the 224th time in all competitions. The capital club have 88 wins to Barca's 87.
  • Los Blancos have only won three of their last 10 away matches across all competitions (W3, D3, L4).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven goals in his last seven matches against Barcelona.

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13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
17Alex SongMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
9David VillaStriker
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
19Luka ModricMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Atlético de Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
3 2