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Copa del Rey
February 26, 2013
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
• Attendance: 95002
Jordi Alba 89'
Real Madrid win Aggregate 4 - 2
Cristiano Ronaldo 13', 57'
R. Varane 68'
I'm Martin Macdonald, thank you for joining us on Goal.com for the Clasico! See you next time!
A terrific brace from Cristiano Ronaldo as well as a header from Raphael Varane see Jose Mourinho's men defeat Tito Vilanova's outfit 3-1 at Camp Nou. The Portuguese has outshone the disappointing Lionel Messi in the individual stakes as has helped his side on their way to the Spanish Cup final. Los Blancos deserve their victory! Sevilla or Atletico await in the Copa del Rey final!
Full time! Real Madrid are through to the Copa del Rey final!
Barca look to make the result more respectable as they probe for another goal. It wont make any difference to the result if they do, though.
Goal Jordi Alba
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA! The hosts earn a consolation! Iniesta chips a glorious pass over the top of the Madrid defence and Alba is on hand to cushion a left-footed strike into the bottom corner. 3-1 on the night.
Some neat football from Barca down the right eventually sees Dani Alves reverse the ball into the box for Iniesta, who guides a shot towards the back post, but it goes a yard wide and does not bother Diego Lopez.
Fair play to Madrid, they are still showing plenty of hunger and desire in their pressing of the ball.
It's all kicking off now! The mini-brawl erupts when Busquets pushes Pepe in the chest and the Portuguese throws himself to the floor. Awful play-acting from the Madrid man! Thankfully, the referee defuses the situation without any cards being shown.
Madrid looking to further tighten things up. Michael Essien adds some fresh legs and he'll replace Xabi Alonso.
Ronaldo!!! Madrid counterattack once again! The Madrid man takes on Puyol on the edge of the box before stepping to the right and flashing a shot towards the near post, but Pinto makes the save!
The goal from Varane has killed the match, and the atmosphere in the stands. I think the Barca players just want to hear the final whistle now, they have not been at the races tonight!
I mentioned at the start of the match that a lot of eyes would be on Messi and Ronaldo tonight. I was wrong, everyone's eye has been on the Portuguese, who has turned in a sensational performance. The Barca man has barely kicked a ball in the Clasico.
The Madrid fans who made the trip to Catalunya look to be having a great time now. They are are beginning to cheer every pass that their team makes on the pitch. This must be really hard to take for Barca and their fans!
Great save from Diego Lopez!! The ball breaks to Villa on the left-hand side of the box, who curls a lovely shot towards the far corner, but the Madrid goalkeeper expertly palms the ball away to safety.
Madrid look happy to sit back and soak up the pressure now. They have retreated back 10 yards or so and Barcelona are camped outside their half looking for an opening.
Dare I say that Real Madrid have wanted this more? There just seems to be a bite in their tackling and a tempo in their passing that is missing from their rivals this evening.
Barca guilty of overplaying again. Iniesta steps inside and looks to exchange a one-two with Thiago on the edge of the box but the return pass is chipped into the box, allowing Diego Lopez to catch.
And another quick change from the Catalan side. Thiago Alcantara enters the action in place of Xavi. Barca's midfield maestro has been disappointing tonight and has looked out of sorts.
Barcelona follow suit and make a change of their own. Pedro comes off for Cristian Tello.
First change of the match from Joe Mourinho. Gonzalo Higuain is replaced by Jose Callejon, which will probably mean Ronaldo goes up top.
I don't think a lot of people would have predicted such a dominant result in favour of Madrid before the match. Barca could grab one or even two goals here, but it looks like Madrid are heading to the final!
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Goal Raphaël Varane
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! 3-0! In almost a carbon copy of the first leg, Raphael Varane rises high and nods home from a corner kick! Poor defending from Pinto, he came out for the ball then retreated back! Unbelievable result here!
Corner kick to Madrid. They haven't really made the most of their set-pieces so far.
Vital tackle from Pique!! Madrid break out of defence again and Ozil bursts down the right-hand side. He looks to pick out he unmarked Ronaldo in the centre but the former Manchester United defender puts the ball out for a throw-in with an important stop.
Much like the match against Milan in the Champions League, Barcelona are being faced with a sea of opposition players whenever they come inside. It just has not worked for them so far. Do they have a plan B?
Madrid still looking very, very dangerous on the counterattack here. As Barcelona press higher up trying to find a goal they will only create more space in behind for the likes of Di Maria and Ronaldo to run into.
Yet another penalty shout for Barca, and it's Pedro who's down again! The Barca winger goes down under the challenge of Coentrao but the referee denies the hosts again! Fair play to the official, another correct decision!
Ronaldo looks to latch on to another pass over the top of the Barcelona defence but this time Pinto is off his line quickly to come and claim the ball. The Madrid man looks hungry for his hat-trick!
As expected, it looks like Iniesta has dropped back into the middle of midfield, with Villa featuring on the left.
David Villa time. The former Valencia man enters the action to rapturous cheers from the Camp Nou faithful. He'll replace Fabregas.
That was a suckerpunch from Los Blancos. Barca were probing for an equaliser on the edge of the box and now find themselves two down.
Goal C. Ronaldo
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! CLASSIC COUNTERATTACK! Khedira lobs the ball upfield and the pass is picked up by Di Maria who drives at tremendous pace towards goal. His initial shot is saved by Pinto, but Ronaldo is on hand to control and and smash home! 2-0 Madrid!
The Camp Nou crowd kicks up a gear as they see David Villa warming up on the sidelines. Perhaps it is time for El Guaje to enter the fray?
That shot from Busquets a few moments ago was just Barca's second shot on target so far. Very low for a team with the attacking quality of Los Cules.
Poor touch from Fabregas. Iniesta weaves inside and outside before chipping a pass into the box for the former Arsenal man, who fails to take the ball out of the air, allowing Arbeloa to clear.
Good save from Diego Lopez!! Busquets smashes a shot towards the top corner from the edge of the box bu the Madrid 'keeper stretches out a right hand to turn the ball round the post!!
Xavi and Busquets have been particularly quiet this evening. Usually the duo are dictating the play from deeper areas but we haven't seen a lot of them so far.
Coentrao!! He should have done better! Alonso slides a wonderful defence-splitting pass down the left for the Portuguese, who takes one touch and strikes, but Pinto makes a solid save with his chest at the front post!
Madrid the more comfortable on the ball in the opening stages of the second half here. Alonso and Ozil, in particular, have took it upon themselves to calm down the possession of the visitors.
Messi picks up the ball in the centre circle and looks to take on on five Madrid players through the middle all by himself. He eventually bursts into the box but a timely challenge from Varane steals the ball for Madrid.
The Clasico is back under way!
The Barca players have been sent out to the pitch early. This gives the Camp Nou crowd a great opportunity to shower the Madrid players with boos as they enter the park. Just a few moments from the second period now!
Don't forget to post your thoughts, feelings, and prediction on the match on to the chat section of our Live Match Centre. Who do you think will win the Clasico? And will Cristiano Ronaldo continue to out-perform Lionel Messi?
Barcelona have now gone four official matches without a goal in the first half. A slightly worrying stat for Tito Vilanova and Jordi Roura's men.
Ronaldo, without a doubt, has outshone Messi so far, though.
It really has been an electric game from start to finish. You can't really take you eyes off it, and considering we have the world's two best players on show, it's no wonder.
Perhaps an indicator of the dogged nature of Madrid's defending comes with the tackling stats. The visitors have won 88% of tackles attempted and Barca have won just 63%.
Barca, naturally, have dominated possession in the first period, with 68% to 32%, but it's Madrid who have looked the more dangerous in front of goal and in the final third.
Half time in Camp Nou.
Real Madrid lead Barcelona 1-0 in the second leg of Copa del Rey semi-final between the Clasico sides thanks to a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo. Gerard Pique the perpetrator as he brought down the Portuguese with a lunging challenge.
Alba goes down under the challenge of Arbeloa on the right-hand side and the Barca crowd are up in arms again. Ramos comes off and gives a telling off to his international team-mate, accusing him of diving.
Madrid swarming the Barca box at the moment! Ronaldo has two bites of the cherry with two strikes from the edge of the box ,but both are blocked. The ball breaks to Di Maria who looks to slip an incisive pass through the middle for the Portuguese, but the hosts remain solid to retain possession.
Very important clearance from Ramos!! A Barcelona corner kick is whipped in and Puyol looks poised to bullet a header into the net, but the Madrid man stretched his neck to clear the ball out of the box!
Yellow Card Carles Puyol
So close!! Ozil clips the ball to the far post and Ramos bursts a gut to get on the end of it, but he just can't stretch out his leg to make a meaningful connection! Pinto would have been in trouble had the Madrid captain managed to get a piece of the ball!
Carles Puyol receives a booking for a foul on Ronaldo around 30 yards from goal. Looks like Mesut Ozil will take this one.
Yellow Card Arbeloa
MESSIIII!!! Ohhhh that was excruciatingly close!! The Argentine whips the free kick low towards the bottom corner, but it misses the post by inches! Half the ground thought it was in!
Free kick to Barca again in a very decent position. First Real Madrid booking of the match goes to Arbeloa as he snaps at the heels of Iniesta 20 yards from goal. This is definitely in Messi range.
That's two penalties that referee, Alberto Undiano, has denied Barca. He has already came under scrutiny from Jordi Roura before the match, so this won't exactly help his popularity among the Catalans!
Another penalty shout for Barca!! Pedro shows impressive trickery to dance is way into the Madrid box, but is unceremoniously shoved over by Xabi Alonso! Ohhh that could have been a spot kick! Inconclusive!
Good defending again from Alba. Coentrao looks to pick out Di Maria with an ambitious cross over to the right, but the left-back cuts out the long ball with a cushioned header back into the arms of Pinto.
Fabregas slices his shot at the vital moment! Alves reverses a pass to the edge of the box for the former Arsenal man, but his strike his fluffed into the air and Madrid manage to clear! Cesc had a sight of goal there!
There hasn't been a lot in terms of goal chances, but it has been a tremendously open game so far. Both sides looking dangerous. Barca in possession, Madrid on the counterattack.
Higuain manages to get a decent shot on goal, but unluckily for him, the play is brought back for an offside. There wasn't much in it, but the Argentine was ahead of play.
Iniesta!!! Messi shows excellent strength on the edge of the box to evade the challenges of Varane and Khedira to slip a ball to his team-mate on the right. Iniesta steps inside and swings a shot to the far corner, but it goes just the wrong side of the post.
Fantastic challenge from Dani Alves. Ronaldo looks to latch on to a superb pass over the top from Xabi Alonso but the Brazilian clears the ball out the park with a perfectly-timed sliding tackle.
And so the battle between Ronaldo and Messi continues. The Portuguese has beaten The Barca man to become the 1st player to score in 6 successive Clasicos away from home.
Good defending from Ramos. Dani Alves receives a wonderful cross-field pass from Xavi and slips a ball inside to Messi, who looks to thread a ball through the centre for Iniesta. The Madrid captain comes in with an important interception to win possession.
Ronaldo tests his shooting boots again. This time he finds space in a central area and lashes a left-footed strike towards goal, but, again, it does not bother Pinto in the Barca goal.
A small break in play at the moment as Di Maria is currently down. He was looking to run beyond the play but instead clattered into the back of Gerard Pique. It looks like he's slightly winded, but he'll be okay.
Well, perhaps he shouldn't have. The former Manchester United man smashes the free kick way above the crossbar. A bit of a waste, really.
A lot of petty challenges being penalised at the moment. Madrid have a free kick around 35 yards from goal. Ronaldo looks as if he fancies this, you know...
Good cover from Di Maria. Messi slips a neat pass into the box for Iniesta, but the Madrid winger tracked the run and saw the ball through to the oncoming Diego Lopez.
Penalty shout for Barcelona!!! The Camp Nou crowd erupts as Fabregas goes down under the challenge of Arbeloa inside the box! However, it appeared as if the Madrid defender got the ball. The referee correctly waves play on.
Pique was adamant that was not a penalty, but it certainly looked as if he caught the ankle of Ronaldo. The Barca man received a booking for the challenge, too.
Yellow Card Piqué
Penalty Goal C. Ronaldo
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Cristiano Ronaldo steps up and coolly slots into the bottom left corner! 1-0 to Los Blancos!
Penalty to Real Madrid!!! Ronaldo takes on Gerard Pique inside the box and is tripped up by the dangling leg of the Barcelona defender! Definite spotkick!
Free kick to Barca is a very useful position. Messi is bundled over right of the edge of the box by a clumsy Di Maria challenge. The hosts take the set-piece quickly.
End to end stuff at the moment! Neither side has really settled on the ball as of yet, and as a result, possession is being surrendered frequently.
Positive goalkeeping from Pinto. Ronaldo picks up the ball on the left and cuts a pass inside with the outside of his boot to Higuain, but the Barca 'keeper is off his line quickly to come and clutch possession.
A chorus of boos echoes out in the stadium as Real Madrid enjoy a small period of possession. The ball eventually comes out to Di Maria, who is dispossessed by Alba.
Solid save from Diego Lopez. Fabregas cuts in from the left-hand side and screws a shot towards the near post, but Madrid's January recruit from Sevilla makes a solid stop and claims the ball.
As expected, it has been a vibrant opening in the Clasico. We are seeing quite a bit of intense pressing of the ball in the early stages, as is customary in these matches now.
First glimpse of Ronaldo. Ozil slips a pass through to the Portuguese, who drives a shot at goal, but the play is brought back for an offside. Decent save from Pinto anyway!
Xavi floats in the set-piece and Carles Puyol rises high looking to power a header at goal, but Raphael Varane does enough to put off the Barcelona captain. The ball goes out for a throw-in.
Pedro wins a free kick on the right wing after earning a foul out of Fabio Coentrao.
Messi!!! Barca inches away from going ahead early doors!! Pedro shuffles his feet on the right-hand side and lashes a pass inside. The Argentine takes a wonderful first touch before squeezing a shot to the back post, but it goes just wide!
Remember folks, the first leg was 1-1, so Barcelona already have the advantage of having scored an away goal.
The Clasico is under way!
The atmosphere inside Camp Nou is electric! The players have took to the field now for the pre-match formalities.
Most of the eyes tonight will be on Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Which of the two superstars will come out on top in the Clasico?
However, Los Blancos have only won three of their last 10 away matches across all competitions. Not such a positive stat!
The Catalan giants have won just one of their last six encounters against Real Madrid. A source of encouragement for Jose Mourinho's men there.
Both Clasico sides had to come back from behind to win in their respective Primera Division matches at the weekend, and are not entering the match tonight in particularly scintillating form. A truly interesting clash is in store for us.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Lopez; Arbeloa, Ramos, Varane, Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain
Barcelona (4-3-3): Pinto; Alves, Puyol, Pique, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas; Pedro, Messi, Iniesta
With Barcelona running away with La Liga, Real Madrid will be itching to topple their great rivals in the only domestic competition they have a chance of winning. This promises to be a cracker, folks!
I'm Martin Macdonald, and it is my pleasure to take you through the action this evening!
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