Real Madrid and Barcelona go head-to-head on Wednesday night to determine this season’s Copa del Rey winner.
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Madrid will be desperate to ensure Barca – who currently hold an eight-point advantage at the top of the table – do not walk away with a domestic double this season.
However, the omens are not looking good for Jose Mourinho’s men, who took just one point from their two league meetings with the Catalan giants this season.
And as we continue our build-up to another huge showdown between these two fierce rivals, with two more to come after this one, Football News are taking a look at the story so far.
Barcelona 5 Real Madrid 0
November 29, 2010
Barcelona surged to the top of the Primera Liga table with a sensational 5-0 rout of fierce rivals Real Madrid.
The Catalan giants gave a sign of what was to come when Lionel Messi’s sublime chip from a tight angle struck the upright, but the opener soon came when Xavi produced a calm finish to beat Iker Casillas.
Barca then doubled their advantage when David Villa beat fellow Spain international Sergio Ramos and crossed for Pedro to slot the ball home.
Villa was denied by a smart save from Casillas after the break, but the hosts then delighted the Camp Nou crowd with two goals in three minutes to effectively end the match as a contest.
First, Villa raced onto a pinpoint Messi pass to slot home Barca’s third, and the summer signing from Valencia then made it four by nutmegging Casillas.
Sergio Busquets almost added to the embarrassment with a shot from the halfway that just dipped too late, but a fifth did come when Jeffren converted a Bojan cross.
And Madrid’s miserable night was completed in added time when Ramos saw red.
Real Madrid 1 Barcelona 1
April 16, 2011
Cristiano Ronaldo netted a late penalty as Real Madrid rescued a 1-1 draw with Barcelona to keep their fading La Liga title dream alive.
Madrid were desperate to gain revenge for the 5-0 hammering they suffered at the hands of Barca last November but, more importantly, they could not afford to see the gap between themselves and the league leaders extend to 11 points with a defeat.
They almost fell behind on 20 minutes when Andres Iniesta played a ball over the top of the Madrid defence for Lionel Messi to run onto, but the normally clinical Argentinian failed with his attempt to lob Iker Casillas.
Madrid responded well and Karim Benzema troubled Victor Valdes before Ronaldo headed over from close range, and they then survived a scare at the other end when David Villa went to ground under a challenge from Casillas, but the official waved away Barca’s appeal for a penalty kick.
Both sides then fashioned chances before half time as Messi forced a fine save from Casillas before Ronaldo was denied by a superb goal-line clearance from Adriano as the first 45 minutes ended goalless.
Ronaldo clattered the upright with a trademark free-kick in the early stages of the second period, and Madrid suddenly found themselves a goal and a man down moments later.
Villa was hauled to the ground by Raul Albiol and the referee had no other option to point to the spot and show the red card to the Real defender, and Messi then stepped up to net his 49th goal in all competitions this season.
Barca suffered a setback when Carles Puyol, just back from injury, was stretchered off, but they did not dwell on the loss and almost doubled their advantage when Xavi struck Casillas’ crossbar.
Despite their numerical disadvantage Madrid were looking threatening, but Angel Di Maria and Pepe both wasted glorious chances as the hosts looked set for a sixth successive defeat in the El Clasico derby.
But seven minutes from time Marcelo was upended by Dani Alves as he raced into the box, and Ronaldo coolly slotted home the resulting penalty to ensure Madrid remain within eight points of the visitors.