Real Madrid thrash Barcelona 3-1 to reach Copa del Rey final
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to help his side acquire a 3-1 victory over archrivals Barcelona to enter the final of Copa del Rey on Tuesday. The La Liga champions outplayed Barcelona at their home, Nou Camp, to set up a showdown between Sevilla or Atletico Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who became the first player to score in six successive away El Clasicos picked himself up and walked for the spot-kick after being brought down by Gerard Pique inside the box in the 13th minute of the game.
Real Madrid managed to keep Barcelona’s attacks at bay with relative ease till half-time. Barcelona’s miserable form continued to perform miserably after the break, although they did come close to scoring once through a free-kick from Lionel Messi.
Just before the hour mark, Angel di Maria broke free on a counter-attack. The Argentine blazed past Real Madrid’s defense and took at Barcelona’s goal. The ball ricocheted before arriving to Cristiano Ronaldo, who calmly placed it in the back of the net two complete his brace.
Soon afterwards, Real Madrid rubbed salt in Barcelona’s wounds when their young defender Rafael Varane scored on a corner kick. The France international jumped in the box for a brilliant header that saw Real Madrid take a 3-0 lead over their archrivals.
In the 89th minute of the game, Barcelona grabbed a consolation goal through Jordi Alba. The left back ran inside the Real Madrid box to get hold of a brilliant ball from Andres Iniesta before netting it behind shot-stopper Adriano Lopez.
“It was a very good game, we played very well,” Cristiano Ronaldo told Spanish newspaper AS. “From the first minute to the last we were very focused, with a great attitude. We played better than Barca, scoring three goals in the Nou Camp is extremely difficult.”
“Lately whenever we play here we do very well. We play better here than at home. We must continue with this confidence. Most of the players like to play here and things are going well for us.”
Real Madrid will face Barcelona in a couple of days yet again. This time Real Madrid will have the honors of hosting Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu. The La Liga battle is scheduled for March 2.