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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2014 El Clásico: Gareth Bale wins Copa del Rey for Los Blancos

The Copa del Rey is to Madrid after Gareth Bale scored one of the best goals of his career to sink Barcelona.

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Barca lose Neymar, Alba

Two of Barcelona's best players will be out for most of the rest of the season, and will struggle to make the season finale against Atlético Madrid.

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Barca fans are very sad

Your tears sustain Madridistas.

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This is how close Barca came to extra time

Neymar was within an inch of becoming a Barcelona hero.

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Instead, the hero of the Copa del Rey is the man who Real Madrid bought in response to Barca's purchase of him.

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Ronaldo is SO happy

Shaking. Crying. Cristiano.

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Bale's late goal wins the Copa del Rey for Madrid

Gareth Bale's short-range strike with five minutes left in the match gave Real Madrid the victory over Barcelona.

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Bale with one of the best of his career

Real Madrid lead the Copa del Rey final, thanks to this stunner.

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Barca score from a header?!?

Barcelona are level with Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey, and in extremely uncharacteristic fashion: Through a header off a corner kick. Yes, a Barca player won a header in the air from a set piece to score against Madrid. This is not a joke.

Marc Bartra, take a bow.

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Bartra, incredibly, was not expected to play in this game because of a hamstring injury. He's also not a huge central defender -- he's only about six-foot even. Madrid had been the stronger team up until this point, but their failure to convert chances has come back to haunt them, and now it's 1-1.

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Di Maria puts Madrid ahead

Real Madrid lead Barcelona just 10 minutes into the Copa del Rey final, and they did it in exactly the fashion you'd expect. Angel Di Maria, who was brilliant in the last league edition of El Clásico, was the scorer, finishing at the end of a great run down the center of the pitch.

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The finish is nice and the run is great, but the pass is really what makes this move. It was a brilliant one by Karim Benzema, who's become much more of a creator this season with the arrival of Gareth Bale.

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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Lineups

After all the speculation about the health of Barca's defense, Marc Bartra's hamstring is well enough to allow him to start in the Copa del Rey final.

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No Piqué, Puyol or Barta. Enter Song or Adriano?

With Gerard Piqué, Marc Batra and Carles Puyol all injured, is Adriano Barca's best option alongside Javier Mascherano in the central defense?

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Isco's chance to shine

With Cristiano Ronaldo sidelined, Isco will get a chance to prove he was worth the big transfer fee Madrid paid last summer.

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How to watch the Copa del Rey final

Want to watch the season's final Clásico? Of course you do! Here's how.

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Previewing a make or break Clásico

This isn't a fairly meaningless third-tier competition anymore. It's a potentially season-defining Clásico for Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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Barca crumbling, but a Clásico win can save them

On Wednesday, Barcelona face Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final. If they don't win this edition of El Clásico, it might be the end of more than just this season's chase for trophies.

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Can Madrid learn to play without Ronaldo?

Despite the abundance of talent on the roster, the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo will hurt Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

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