FC Barcelona drew the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals away to Real Madrid. Despite several chances for both teams, the game at the Santiago Bernabeu ended 1-1. Who gained the upper hand in the tie?
Assistant manager Jordi Roura, supplanting head coach Tito Vilanova who is recovering from a tumor in the United States, told the press that Real Madrid are not just equally as dangerous with some key players missing ahead of the match, but possibly even more dangerous.
Despite Real Madrid being in good form results-wise and playing at home, it is FC Barcelona that comes out as the favorite partly because of the players Madrid will not be counting on. Iker Casillas and Pepe will be recovering from injury, while Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, and Angel Di Maria will miss the game due to suspension.