A strange match at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid had so many chances to score, they looked dangerous throughout, but they have suffered a heavy defeat and it will be Barcelona who take on Real Betis or Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey. They always win this trophy!
- 2nd Half
- Vinícius JúniorAsensio81'
- Suárez (P)73'
- Varane (o.g.)69'
Real Madrid - FC Barcelona
Copa del Rey - 28 February 2019
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona (1-4 on aggregate)
Barcelona will take on either Real Betis or Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey. As already mentioned, the Catalans have made this competition their own in recent years.
Just two minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
Vinicius might look back at this game with some regret. He had a number of opportunities to score, but it's difficult to blame him when he created so much on his own.
Real Madrid's desperate run in the Copa del Rey will continue. They haven't won this competition in FIVE years! They haven't won it since that Bale goal in the final at the Mestalla.
This has been such a strange match. On the balance of play and chances created, Real Madrid have been the better team. And yet they have been thumped on their own patch. Weird.
Of course, Barcelona are back at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend to take on Real Madrid in La Liga. What sort of match will we see then? How will this result affect things?
- OffVinícius JúniorReal Madrid
- OnMarco AsensioReal Madrid
Another change for Real Madrid and it's Asensio who will get the final few minutes to make a mark.
- Yellow cardNélson SemedoFC Barcelona
Semedo enters the book, but it all feels irrelevant at this stage of the match with Barcelona already through.
- OffLuis SuárezFC Barcelona
- OnArturo VidalFC Barcelona
Suarez comes off and he gets the standard reception from the Bernabeu crowd.
PICTURE: Suarez celebrates putting Barcelona through to the Copa final.
There are empty seats now starting to appear in the stands at the Santiago Bernabeu. The home fans have seen enough. In truth, this match was over as soon as the second goal went in.
Real Madrid have been here before, of course. Their recent record at home to Barcelona over the past few years has been atrocious. They have played well tonight, though!
- OffCasemiroReal Madrid
- OnFederico ValverdeReal Madrid
Real Madrid make a change of their own and Valverde will get the final 15 minutes.
- OffOusmane DembéléFC Barcelona
- OnPhilippe CoutinhoFC Barcelona
A change for Barcelona, who are on the brink of another Copa final. Coutinho comes on for Dembele.
- Goal by penaltyLuis SuárezFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 3 (73 mins - Luis Suarez pen) 1-4 on aggregate. And that should be the goal to take Barcelona into the Copa del Rey final! What a cheeky finish from Suarez, scoring a Panenka right down the middle as Navas dives the wrong way. 3-0 to the away side and the defending champions.
- Yellow cardCasemiroReal Madrid
Casemiro is shown a yellow card for fouling Messi in the box, but it hardly matters at this stage.
PENALTY KICK TO BARCELONA! It's all falling apart for Real Madrid now. Casemiro stands on Suarez and the referee points to the spot.
- Own-goalRaphaël VaraneReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 2 (70 mins - Raphael Varane OG) 1-3 on aggregate. A hammer blow for Real Madrid! Dembele was played in down the right side, the cross from the French winger was exceptional and Varane turned the ball into his own net as he tried to prevent Suarez from scoring.
- OffLucas VázquezReal Madrid
- OnGareth BaleReal Madrid
Indeed, on comes Bale and he replaces Vazquez. A front three of Bale, Benzema and Vinicius for Real Madrid.
Almost a stunner! That would have been a landmark moment in the career of Vinicius. He got beyond THREE Barcelona players and it was only a slight touch from Semedo that took the shot wide.
- Yellow cardSergio BusquetsFC Barcelona
Busquets is the latest player to enter the book and he can have no complaints about that.
It looks like Bale might be about to come on for Real Madrid. The Welsh winger has been going through a pretty intense warm up in this second half. When will he be introduced?
How haven't Real Madrid score? The hosts have created countless opportunities to find the net, while Barcelona have created very little. And yet it's the Catalans who have the lead!
WHAT A SAVE! Almost everyone inside the Santiago Bernabeu thought that was in. Vinicius crossed for Reguilon (!) in the box, but Ter Stegen makes an astonishing flying save! Wow! Another big moment in this tie.
PICTURE: Suarez scores to put Barcelona ahead.
Vazquez is squeezed out! Reguilon did so well to beat his man and get the cross into the six yard box, but Vazquez, under pressure from two Barca players, was sandwiched out.
Should have been a penalty! Replays show that Ramos caught Rakitic right on the edge of the box and Barcelona probably should have been awarded a spot kick there. Real got away with it.
- Yellow cardLucas VázquezReal Madrid
There's the first yellow card of the night and it is shown to Vazquez for a foul.
Things have been ramped up in this second half. The home supporters inside the Santiago Bernabeu are getting behind their team, driving their side forward as they chase an equaliser.
Vinicius absolutely burned Pique there as he surged to the Barcelona byline. You get the feeling that if Real Madrid are to get back into this it will come through the Brazilian teenager.
Free header! Casemiro really might have done better with that. The Brazilian was head and shoulders above Pique as he got on the end of a freekick into the box, but he heads wide.
Kroos takes it on! The German midfielder shifts the ball on to his left foot and unleashes an effort from 20 yads out, but Ter Stegen watches it flash high and wide of the target. Close.
That right there is the danger that comes with playing Barcelona. They have been poor, on the whole, this evening, but they have taken their one and only chance so far. Lethal.
What a brilliant finish from Suarez and what a massive moment in this semi final that could be. That's the away goal now eliminated for Real Madrid. They need to play, now.
- GoalLuis SuárezFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 1 (51 mins - Luis Suarez) 1-2 on aggregate. What a huge moment in this Copa del Rey semi final! Dembele surged into the box, he cut the pass back for Suarez and the Uruguayan fired a low finish past Navas and into the back of the Real Madrid net at the near post!
Header over! The freekick delivery from Kroos was exceptional, Benzema climbed highest to get on the end of the cross, but the header from the Frenchman flashes over!
Vinicius has had a couple chances to put Real Madrid ahead tonight, but the Brazilian winger has so far lacked the sort of composure we have seen from him in recent weeks.
PICTURE: Vinicius rues a missed opportunity.
Barcelona need to up their game in this second half. The defending Copa del Rey champions failed to even notch a single shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes. Yikes!
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! It's still 0-0 in this Copa del Rey semi final second leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Real Madrid 0-0 Barcelona (1-1 on aggregate). There hasn't been a great deal of quality on show so far, but this is still a fixture that can't help but hold your attention.
That should have been a booking. Rakitic cleaned out Messi as Barcelona surged forward on the counter attack, but the referee, for some reason, doesn't show the yellow card.
Vinicius has Semedo on toast, but that isn't entirely the fault of the Barcelona full back. He is being overly exposed and that is giving Vinicius the chance to take him on one-on-one.
Real Madrid have really cranked things up in the last five minutes or so. They have had a couple of big chances and they are finding space to gallop into in behind Barcelona.
VINICIUS... over! Another big opportunity for the Brazilian. Vazquez pulled the ball back for Vinicius. He had to check his run, but he could only send his shot over the Barcelona bar.
That's why many believe Ter Stegen to be the best goalkeeper in the European game right now. Benzema might have done better, but the Barca shot-stopper still needed to make the save.
Ter Stegen saves Barca! That should have been the opener. Pique lost the ball, Vinicius surged through. His first shot was blocked, he then set up Benzema, but Ter Stegen saves with his feet!
PICTURE: Rakitic protests his innocence to the referee.
There is a strange lack of intensity to this game. Is that because it's a Copa del Rey fixture? Will it be different when the two teams face each other in La Liga this weekend?
It still feels like both teams are feeling each other out. Barcelona's performance so far has been somewhat surprising. Many expected them to come flying out the traps at the start.
DEMBELE... across the face! That was a good idea from the Barcelona winger, fizzing a pass right across the face of goal, but there was nobody in a blaugrana shirt to take advantage.
It goes without saying, but Barcelona need to get Messi involved in this game as much as they can. He is, of course, the one player on the pitch who can change everything on his own.
Real Madrid have probably been the better of the two teams in the opening 30 minutes, but they have still been quite cagey. Of course, as things stand, they are heading through.
Reguilon wins the freekick after being cleaned out on the left side. However, Real Madrid feel that the referee should have played the advantage as Vinicius had picked the ball up.
We haven't seen much from Dembele so far. We have spoken a lot about Vinicius, but Dembele can be just as devastating as a winger. Barcelona haven't used him all that much so far.
Ramos getting treatment! It seems that the Real Madrid captain has picked up a bit of a knock after a clash with his own teammate Casemiro earlier in the match. He should be fine.
Could have been 1-0! Benzema beats Lenglet to a ball down the channel, Alba's clearance spins up in the air for Vinicius, but nor the Brazilian nor Vazquez can turn it home.
The pass from Modric might have been better. Vazquez had made a run through the middle and the pass from Modric was looking for him, but it was just a little too strong for the winger.
Barca counter attack! That was a crucial intervention by Varane, who cuts out a pass from Dembele to Suarez in the middle. Suarez would have been clean through on Navas.
Vinicius shoots over! That was an opportunity for the Brazilian winger on the edge of the Barcelona box, but he was unbalanced and leans back as he lashes his effort over the bar.
Vazquez is doing a good job of tracking back with Alba. The left back is so crucial to the way Barcelona play and Solari has clearly briefed Vazquez on the work he needs to do defensively.
PICTURE: Vazquez and Dembele battle it out.
The officials used VAR to look at that incident between Vinicius and Semedo, but despite there appearing to be contact between the two, they decide it's not a penalty. I'm not so sure.
You can't really say that there has been a lot of quality on show so far. Barcelona haven't realy settled into the game, and neither have the officials. Another replay shows Vinicius might well have had a penalty.
Penalty claim! Big shouts for a spot kick after Vinicius goes down in the Barcelona box. There didn't look to be much contact, but the Brazilian certainly has the beating of Semedo down the left.
Corner was given! There's no way that was a corner. Ter Stegen stopped it from going behind and it was quite obvious. Nothing comes of the Real Madrid set piece, though.
It's been quite a cagey start to the match from both sides. They realise what is on the line. The nature of the two-legged competition format often results in games like this.
The home supporters inside the Santiago Bernabeu believe that Rakitic should have been booked for a bad tackle on Casemiro, but the referee is intent on keeping his cards in his pocket.
First Messi run with the ball! The Barcelona number 10 drives into the final third, he passes out to Dembele who crosses for Suarez at the back post. He was trying to square for Roberto, but the clearance is made.
Vinicius gets around Semedo for the first time, beating the Portuguese full back to the byline. Vinicius gets the low cross into the box, but Barcelona have bodies back to clear the danger.
Bit naughty! First, Casemiro crunches Roberto. And then Roberto fouls Kroos. There will certainly be more of that before the night is out, such is the nature of this famous fixture.
For the first time in the match, Barcelona are attempting to take a grip of the possession. They are knocking balls around the middle of the pitch. Real Madrid look quite content, though.
Vinicius is felled by Semedo. That will be a key battle this evening. The emergence of Vinicius has been crucial as Real Madrid have got back to winning ways in recent weeks.
It's the biggest match in world football and there is plenty on the line this evening, with Real Madrid and Barcelona aiming for a place in the 2018/19 Copa del Rey final. Let's go.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Real Madrid against Barcelona in this second leg of the Copa del Rey semi final.
Okay, here we go. About to get started at the Santiago Bernabeu. Kick off is just seconds away.
The last 10 Clasicos - four Barcelona wins, four Real Madrid wins, two draws. Nothing between them.
The two sets of players are in the tunnel at the Santiago Bernabeu ready to walk out for this Clasico clash.
Not long until kick off at the Santiago Bernabeu now. Can Barcelona defend their Copa del Rey crown? Or will the recent Real Madrid resurgence take them into the final for the first time in four years?
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the game to let me know your thoughts. Who do you fancy to progress to the Copa del Rey final? Tweet me your thoughts!
Recap! So just to remind us all of where we stand right now, the first leg of this Copa del Rey semi final finished 1-1. So does that mean Real Madrid have the edge ahead of tonight's game?
No Bale! It's no real surprise given the way things have been going for the Welsh winger recently, but Bale has been left out of the starting lineup for Real Madrid this evening. Vinicius and Vazquez flank Benzema.
A classic Clasico moment.
TEAM NEWS: Real Madrid - Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius. /// Barcelona - Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Roberto, Dembele, Suarez, Messi.
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