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Barcelona beats Malaga, will face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey edition of El Clasico

Yet again, Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet in Copa del Rey. The Blaugrana defeated Malaga on Thursday night to advance to the semifinal and create two more editions of El Clasico.

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Barcelona too much for Malaga

Late goals from Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi helped Barcelona bounce back from a poor first leg and defeat Malaga 4-2 (6-4). The win sets up an El Clasico matchup in the Copa del Rey semifinals.

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Malaga still in the driver's seat after 45 minutes

Pedro Rodriguez put Barcelona ahead early but Malaga struck right back thanks to Joaquín as the two teams head to the locker room tied in the match and in the aggregate.

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Atletico Madrid finish off Real Betis

An absolute howler by Betis and stout defending allowed Atletico Madrid to book their place in the Copa del Rey semifinals

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Barca must deal with distractions and Malaga

Malaga have the advantage after leaving the first leg with two away goals and a draw. Barcelona are dealing with their first league loss and the distractions of Víctor Valdés and Tito Vilanova missing this match for more treatments.

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Madrid in to the semifinals

It wasn't the most visually stunning performance from Mourinho's side, but it was enough for Real Madrid to move on to the semifinals for the Copa del Rey

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Iker Casillas suffers a hand or wrist injury

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was forced out of their match today against Valencia in the 15th minute after accidentally being kicked in the right hand or wrist by a teammate.

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Sevilla rolls as Real Zaragoza sees red twice

Sevilla took advantage of two red cards against Real Zaragoza as they cruised in to the Copa del Rey semifinals.

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Mourinho puts out a full strength lineup

On the day that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho conceded the league to Barcelona (in the press at least), he's stuck by his promise to focus on the Copa del Rey and the Champions League by naming a first choice lineup to face Valencia. There's no question that Mourinho wants to make sure that Valencia don't get back in to this tie and that his side secures their places in the semifinals.

Ernesto Valverde has chosen to rest starters Diego Alves and Éver Banega, while striker Sergio Canales is out with a thigh injury. There's still some regulars in the lineup but this doesn't feel like Valencia's strongest side. You have to wonder if Valverde has decided that a comeback is beyond reach.

Real Madrid starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Iker Casillas; Álvaro Arbeloa, Raphaël Varane, Raúl Albiol, Fábio Coentrão; Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira; Ángel di María, Mesut Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo; Gonzalo Higuaín.

Valencia starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Vincente Guaita; João Pereira, Adil Rami, Ricardo Costa, Aly Cissokho; Victor Ruiz, Tino Costa; Jonathan Viera, Jonas, Andrés Guardado; Nelson Valdez.

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Madrid should roll over Valencia

Los Che probably don't have a way back into their Copa del Rey tie against Real Madrid.

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