FULL-TIME, Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona: Barça went into the Bernabéu without their three best players and won thanks to a performance full of fight, determination and poise under pressure. A fantastic gameplan by Xavi, and a true team victory in every sense of the word. One of the best wins of the season and a huge step towards the Copa del Rey Final. Well done, boys!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona: Back underway at the Bernabéu! Let’s finish the job, boys!
HALFTIME, Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona: Barça weathered the early storm from Madrid, remained composed and scored with their only chance of the half. They also dealt well with the final push from the hosts before halftime, and go into the break with a valuable lead thanks to a gritty, mature performance.
26’ GOAL!!! Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona (Nacho OG): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Franck Kessie wins the ball in midfield and makes the run into the box to receive a pass from Ferran Torres, and after the Ivorian’s shot is saved by Thibaut Courtois the ball hits Éder Militão and finally the foot of Nacho before it goes into the Madrid net!
12’ GOAL DISALLOWED: Madrid take the lead through Benzema but the goal is correctly ruled out for offside on the French striker.
KICKOFF! Real Madrid 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway at the Bernabéu! Come on, boys!
WELCOME TO THE SANTIAGO BERNABÉU!!! The home of Real Madrid in the Spanish capital is the site of a huge Copa del Rey semi-final first leg between the hosts and Barcelona, who meet in the latest edition of El Clásico with a place in the Spanish Cup title game on the line. Barça come into this one on a two-game losing streak and missing their three best players through injury, and it will be a giant challenge to survive against a Madrid team in good form and hungry for revenge against their biggest rivals. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Kounde, Alonso, Balde; Kessie, Busquets, De Jong; Raphinha, Ferran, Gavi (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas (GK), Christensen, Eric, Alba, Roberto, Torre, Fati, Alarcón, Estanis
Starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militão, Rüdiger, Nacho; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Lunin (GK), López (GK), Vallejo, Odriozola, Vázquez, Tchouameni, Ceballos, Asensio, Rodrygo, Hazard, Mariano, Álvaro
Competition/Round: 2022-23 Copa del Rey, Semi-Finals, First Leg
Date/Time: Thursday, March 2, 2023, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Friday)
Venue: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
VAR: José Luis González González
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: Not Available (USA, Canada, India), BT Sport 1 (UK), Startimes World Football (Nigeria), TVE La 1, Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others
Online: ESPN+ (USA), BTSport.com (UK), Movistar+ (Spain), others
Matchday Thread Rules
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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!