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Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Madrid demolish Barca at the Camp Nou

Barcelona had the edge after a 1-1 away draw in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals, but they were blown away at home by an incredible performance from Real Madrid, who won 3-1 on the night to advance 4-2 on aggregate.

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Five years of bad signings catch up with Barcelona

Barcelona have allowed their rivals to work out how to play against them - and it's down to a period of terrible transfer activity.

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Real Madrid nearly perfect in victory

Real Madrid are heading to the final of the Copa del Rey on the back of an all-around spectacular performance by manager Jose Mourinho and all of Los Blancos' players. They dominated Barcelona throughout the match and never looked like losing.

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Varane makes it 3-0 for Madrid

Update: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona, full time.

Raphael Varane has finished off the game for Real Madrid with a headed goal that was reminiscent of his goal in the first leg. Madrid now lead 3-0 and this one is all but over.

David Villa finally entered the match after Cristiano Ronaldo's second goal, much to the pleasure of the Barcelona supporters who had been loudly chanting his name just minutes before.

It didn't help.

In the 69th minute the start of the first leg Raphael Varane scored Real Madrid's third goal of the day and put the tie to bed. It came on a corner and much like he did in the first leg, Varane towered over the Barcelona defense, it was Carles Puyol today, and emphatically headed the ball into the upper right corner of the net.

Just a comprehensive performance from Real Madrid as they have put together a magnificent team effort and have completely smashed Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Barca may win the league but there are going to be a ton of questions being asked about Tito Vilanova and Jordi Roura's tactical choices and the play of the team in general.

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Ronaldo has Madrid with one foot in the final

Update: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona, full time.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a second goal and Real Madrid now have one foot in the Copa del Rey final.

Lionel Messi tried to do everything by himself in the 47th minute making a lone counter attack run that was finally shut down in the Madrid box by a trio of defenders. Even with three players against, Messi nearly took the ball back but was finally overwhelmed.

Madrid answered back on the counter in the 50th minute when Fábio Coentrão got an excellent chance from close range that was saved nicely by José Manuel Pinto.

Barcelona nearly got a goal in the 52nd minute after a wicked shot from Sergio Busquets and several follow up attempts by various teammates. Busquets initial shot was saved by a diving Diego Lopez and at least two subsequent attempts were blocked by defenders before the ball was finally cleared away. Yet again Madrid's defense was more than up to the task.

In the 57th minute Ángel Di María absolutely turned Carles Puyol in circles inside the Barca box. His shot was blocked but it bounced right to Cristiano Ronaldo who was lurking on the right side of the box. Ronaldo settled the ball and hammered a shot into the back of the net giving Madrid a 2-0 lead.

With 30 minutes to play and Madrid up 3-1 on aggregate, Barcelona now need three goals to survive.

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Madrid are 45 minutes from the Copa del Rey final

Cristiano Ronaldo's 13th minute penalty kick goal has Real Madrid up on the day and up on aggregate with 45 minutes left to play at the Camp Nou.

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Madrid outplaying Barcelona after 30 minutes

Update: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona, full time.

Barcelona were annoyed by the referee's penalty call but there's no doubt it was the right decision. They immediately settled back into their possession-style, patiently looking to find a way through the Madrid defense. The passing was a little better, especially compared to the Milan loss, but Madrid were more than up to the task making all the right adjustments and timing their interceptions to perfection.

Basically Madrid are working their plan and outplaying Barcelona.

Madrid were also burning up Barca on the counter attack putting the home side's back line under a ton of pressure and forcing them to make quick decisions. Other than the penalty, they did a good job but Barca are definitely playing with fire at the back.

The only new chance that Barcelona were able to generate after penalty was a shot from distance by Andres Iniesta that went wide, much like his earlier effort.

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Ronaldo has Madrid up 1-0 on a penalty

Update: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona, full time.

Real Madrid have a lead in El Clasico, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo.

In the 1st minute Gerard Piqué found Andres Iniesta with a long, cross field pass. Iniesta brought it down and moved in towards the Madid goal before sending a rocketed shot wide of the goal. A minute later Barca were back, this time a long ball down the right to Pedro who found Lionel Messi in the box at the near post. Messi tried to spin around Fábio Coentrão but the defender held his position well and while Messi's shot got by, it was slightly off target, rolling past the far post.

Madrid settled down after the quick start from Barca but opening minutes were definitely a better looking Blaugrana side compared to the last couple games. Both sides defended well through the opening minutes as well, with excellent plays from Jordi Alba and Dani Alves to shut down Madrid attacks.

Ronaldo shot past Carles Puyol in the 13th minute and forced Piqué to sweep his feet in the box, earning Madrid a penalty. Ronaldo took the PK himself and blasted a shot past Pinto to give Los Blancos a 1-0 lead, 2-1 on aggregate. More importantly, it negated Barca's away goal advantage from their first leg.

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Four starters could miss final if they see yellow

Update: Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona, full time.

There are six players, three on each team, that could miss out on the Copa del Rey Final if their team advances today and they pick-up a yellow card.

For Real Madrid, Xabi Alonso, Ricardo Carvalho and Cristiano Ronaldo are all one yellow card away from a suspension. Carvalho is safe as he is neither in the starting lineup or on the bench. Ronaldo and Alonso are both starting and will have to be careful if they want to play in the cup final, should Madrid win.

Meanwhile for Barcelona two starters, Dani Alves and Cesc Fábregas are both one yellow card away from a suspension. Javier Mascherano who will begin the game on the bench is also in the same spot.

Pay attention to those players today to see if they adjust their play at all to try and avoid picking up a card. Easier said than done of course, especially in the pressure cooker-like environment of the El Clasico.

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Barca vs. Real Madrid: Lineups

Lineups are out for today's Copa del Rey semifinal second leg between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Find out who is starting in this massive El Clasico match-up.

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How we got here and how we get out of here

Barcelona and Real Madrid are tied 1-1 after the first leg with 90 minutes (at least) between one of these teams and the final. Let's review how they got here and all the various possibilities for how this match could be decided.

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Jordi Roura is playing mind games

Ahead of his team's massive Copa del Rey semifinal match against Real Madrid, Barcelona's assistant coach/interim boss Jordi Roura is playing mind games by talking about the referee in the press.

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Mourinho's tactics will be under scrutiny

Managing Madrid speculates on Jose Mourinho's tactical options ahead of today's Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona.

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Jose Mourinho's wardrobe is a cry for help

José Mourinho may appear like he has a masterplan, but in the next two weeks he will have to fight for his life, identity, and status in the world.

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Team news and TV schedule for El Clasico

The first of two El Clasico matches is today as Barcelona hosts Real Madrid at the Camp Nou with the match tied 1-1 after the first leg.

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Barca with upper hand on Madrid in Copa 2nd leg

After managing a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, Barcelona has the upper hand on Real Madrid heading into the second leg of their Copa Del Rey semifinal tie at the Camp Nou.

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A make or break Copa semifinal?

Given the tumultuous status of Real Madrid and Barcelona's Champions League campaigns, Tuesday's Copa del Rey edition of El Clasico could end up being a "make or break" game for each team's season.

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What's wrong with Barcelona?

League titles are always nice, but when you're Barcelona, bigger things are always expected. Tomorrow begins a season-defining gauntlet run for the Blaugrana right as they're playing some of their worst soccer in years.

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The Clasico that matters is on Tuesday

There are two El Clasico matches this week but it's pretty clear that the first one on Tuesday, which is for a place in the Copa del Rey Final, is the one that matters.

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