FC Barcelona reach their sixth straight Copa del Rey final following today’s 3-0 victory in Real Madrid’s home for a 4-1 aggregate win. Barça’s three goals came in a 22-minute span courtesy of a brace from Luis Suárez and an own goal from Madrid’s Varane. Barça were second best in the first half where they failed to muster a shot on goal. The second half through would see Barça strike first blood five minutes after the restart on their first shot on goal. Dembélé managed to find Luis Suárez inside the box who scored from close range in a split second on what was the Blaugrana’s first shot on goal. Barça doubled their lead in the 69th minute when Dembélé played provider again when he tried to find Suárez, only for Varane to deflect his pass into the goal to make it 2-0 in favor of the visitors. The shocked Madrid fans were then dumbfounded when Barça were awarded a penalty two minutes after Casemiro tripped Luis Suárez inside the box and the Uruguayan international scored a beautiful Panenka penalty to make it 3-0 and all but assure Barça’s spot in the Copa del Rey Final. The Blaugrana will face the winner from tomorrow’s other semi between Valencia and Real Betis with the final taking place on May 25, 2019. Barça will now get ready for another clash against Real Madrid in the same venue on Saturday in their final league clash of the season.
Match Info (From Sport):
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Reguilón; Casemiro (Valverde, 75′), Modric, Kroos; Lucas Vázquez (Bale, 68′), Benzema & Vinicius (Marco Asensio, 81′).
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets (Arthur, 85′), Sergi Roberto, Rakitic; Messi, Luis Suárez (Arturo Vidal, 77′) & Dembélé (Coutinho, 75′).
Goals: 0-1, Luis Suárez (M.50); 0-2, Varane (M.69 – own goal); 0-3, Luis Suárez, (M.72 – Penalty).
Referee: Sánchez Martínez
Cautions: Lucas Vázquez (57′), Busquets (65′), Casemiro (71′). Semedo (81′).