Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Copa de Rey El Classico at the Camp Nou

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid overcame its fierce rival Barcelona 3-1 at the Camp Nou and 4-2 on aggregate to secure their place in the Copa del Rey final. Lionel Messi was inches away from opening the scoring with only 90 seconds on the clock as his instant control and shot on the turn from Pedro's cross flashed across Diego Lopez's goal and narrowly wide.
But it was Real who took the lead in the 13th minute when Ronaldo was sent down the wing by Gonzalo Higuain's, and with the Portugal ace drawing a foul from Gerard Pique in the box. While both Pique and Barcelona were infuriated with the call referee Undiano Mallenco's decision was absolutely correct. Ronaldo drilled the ball into the bottom corner and sent goaltender Jose Pinto the wrong way for his sixth successive Classico goal at Camp Nou.
Supports at the Camp Nou thought Barcelona had equalized approaching half-time as Messi rippled the outside of the net with a low free-kick. Real made it 2-0 on another counter-attack as a long ball out of defense was chased down by Angel Di Maria, who turned Carles Puyol inside and out and took a shot that was saved by the feet of Pinto, but the ball rebounded to the waiting Ronaldo to control and convert in the 57th minute for his 2nd of the match.Any hopes Barcelona had of mounting an improbable comeback were outdone when Raphael Varane, produced a towering header from a corner.

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