Copa del Rey Semi Finals 2019 : Copa del Rey holders Barcelona will face Clasico rivals Real Madrid in the semi-finals of this year’s competition, while Real Betis will face off against Valencia in the other semi-final. Real Madrid and Barcelona prepare to face each other twice in space of four days,
Football fans will be licking their lips in anticipation of the third El Clásico of this season as the Spanish giants square off in the second leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final.
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Real Madrid and Barcelona prepare to face each other twice in space of four days, first at Santiago Bernabéu on February 28 followed by a La Liga fixture on the same ground on March 3.
The first leg of the semi-final played on February 7 at Camp Nou ended with both sides scoring a goal each. Lucas Vazquez had put Los Blancos in front after just six minutes but Malcom equalised three minutes before the hour mark to leave the tie in balance.
The draw implies that Copa Del Rey trophy holders Barcelona will have to score in the second leg if they want to move forward in the competition.
With 7 losses and 3 draws, Real Madrid have had a disappointing La Liga campaign and Copa Del Rey could be their easiest way to glory in Spain.
The two teams enter the fixture after winning their respective La Liga matches albeit in contrasting styles. While Barcelona cruised past Sevilla with a 4-2 win riding on a Lionel Messi hat-trick, Madrid beat Levante 2-1 in a controversial style.
Real Madrid will heave a sigh of relief as their captain Sergio Ramos would be back in action after serving a red card suspension against Levante. Isco and Marcelo missed out against Levante with injuries but the Brazillian is expected to be fit. Lucas Vazquez was handed the start against Levante, with Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio on the bench. Bale came off the bench and scored a penalty but it remains to be seen if his cameo was enough to guarantee a start.
In the opposite camp, Barcelona will miss the services of Thomas Vermaelen, Arthur and Rafinha owing to long term injuries. Over the weekend Clement Lenglet missed out due to a viral infection but the biggest surprise was the inclusion of defender Samuel Umtiti who made his first start since November 24. Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho will vie for the final spot in the front three.