FULL-TIME, Barcelona 0-4 Real Madrid: A painful defeat and the end of the road in the Copa del Rey. A terrible night in every way, but now it’s about finishing the job and winning La Liga.
81’ GOAL, Barcelona 0-4 Real Madrid (Benzema): Madrid go on another counter attack and Vinicius finds Benzema, who completes his hat-trick and officially kills off the tie.
58’ GOAL, Barcelona 0-3 Real Madrid (Benzema pen): Benzema scores from the spot, and Barça need a miracle to come back in the tie.
57’ PENALTY TO REAL MADRID: Madrid have a chance to triple their lead as Franck Kessie brings down Vinicius inside the box.
50’ GOAL, Barcelona 0-2 Real Madrid (Benzema): Madrid double the lead. Luka Modric goes untouched on a run from right to center and finds Benzema who curls the ball into the bottom corner and puts Los Blancos in position to advance as it stands.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid: Back underway for the second half! Let’s make another comeback, boys!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid: A very tense Clásico with lots of fouls and yellow cards but not a lot of quality from either side. Barça were the better team and should have had a penalty if the referee and VAR didn’t decide to ignore a clear handball by David Alaba inside the box, but luck wasn’t on the Blaugrana’s side and Madrid scored a crucial goal just before the break. We’re headed for extra-time as it stands, but Barça are more than alive in this one.
45+1’ GOAL, Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid (Benzema): Madrid take the lead on a counter-attack as Karim Benzema sets up Vinicius Junior who has his shot blocked at the line by Jules Kounde before Benzema fires home the rebound.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid: And we're underway at Camp Nou!
WELCOME TO THE SPOTIFY CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth is the site of the fifth and final El Clásico of the season as Barcelona welcome Real Madrid for the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final with a spot in the title match on the line. Barça won the first leg and only need to avoid defeat to advance to the Final, but Madrid are hungry for revenge and very experienced in elimination games. This should be all kinds of 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, Roberto; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gavi (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas (GK), Eric, Alba, Casadó, Torre, Garrido, Alarcón, Estanis, Fati, Ferran
Starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Camavinga; Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Modric, Vinicius; Benzema (4-2-3-1)
Substitutes: Lunin (GK), López (GK), Vallejo, Rüdiger, Nacho, Odriozola, Vázquez, Tchouaméni, Ceballos, Asensio, Hazard, Mariano
Competition/Round: 2022-23 Copa del Rey, Semi-Finals, Second Leg
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Thursday)
Venue: Spotify Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera
VAR: José Luis González González
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: Not Available (USA, Canada, India), BT Sport 1 (UK), Startimes World Football (Nigeria), Movistar Liga de Campeones, TVE La 1 (Spain), others
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