Real Madrid – FC Barcelona: A Lopsided Scoreline Fails To Reflect The True Nature Of The Game (0-3)
Real Madrid had the better of their eternal rivals for most of the game. They threatened on the counterattack late in the first half and responded with a flood of shots after going down 1-0, but simply were not clinical enough. The exact opposite was true for Barcelona, who scored three goals on only four shots, and thus qualified for the Copa del Rey final.
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
The second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals was finely balanced going into the Santiago Bernabéu. The aggregate scoreline was 1-1 and the first leg had produced a tense, back-and-forth affair that many fans expected to witness again.
Beyond the prospect of a tight encounter, each set of supporters also had their eyes on the games ahead. These two teams meet again in the league on Saturday, and Real have to play Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday. Losses in those matches, in addition to the Copa game, could effectively knock Madrid out of all competitions.
FC Barcelona have their Champions League fixture against Lyon a week after next and a greater buffer of points in the league, but the potential to prevent Madrid from winning two trophies has its own significance. Thus, both sides were desperate for a win in order to boost their confidence ahead of a crucial stretch in the season.
In keeping with the importance of this game, Santiago Solari started an eleven that was almost unchanged from the team . . .