Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: First 2013 El Clasico will be in Copa del Rey semifinals

Jasper Juinen

Barcelona defeated Malaga on Thursday night, ensuring that Copa del Rey will feature two more editions of El Clasico. They'll face Real Madrid in the semifinal.

Thanks to Barcelona's victory over Malaga in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, there will be at least three editions of El Clasico in 2013. FC Barcelona will face Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinal, with the two sides playing a two-legged tie that will conclude shortly before their La Liga match.

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The first leg of the tie will take place during the week of January 28, at the Santiago Bernabeu. The second leg will be in Barcelona, at Camp Nou on the week of February 25. The two sides will meet again shortly after their Copa del Rey tie concludes, when they face off in La Liga on March 3.

Real Madrid will be hoping that their goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas doesn't miss the latter two Clasicos. He broke his hand on Wednesday against Valencia, and will almost certainly miss out on the first leg of the Copa del Rey tie against Barcelona. He will struggle to recover in time for the second leg and the league Clasico.

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