Barcelona bounces Real Madrid from Copa del Rey

Barcelona bounces Real Madrid from Copa del Rey

The first of two El Clasicos this week went the way of Barcelona, which beat Real Madrid 3-0 and 4-1 on aggregate to reach the Copa del Rey final.

Luis Suarez scored two goals and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied Real Madrid a couple of golden chances to score itself. The two teams will meet again on Saturday in La Liga.

The first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal ended 1-1 in early February, and Real Madrid looked the better side for much of Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu. The front line of Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Lucas Vazquez linked up well and produced several quality chances.

But Barcelona’s front line ultimately made the difference, specifically Suarez and Ousmane Dembele. The opening goal came in the 50th minute when Dembele caught Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal napping and made a quick run down the left side before cutting back to Suarez, who finished clinically.

The second goal was a tad unlucky on Real Madrid’s part but still the product of Suarez and Dembele, who made another strong run down the right side and picked out the Uruguayan’s surging toward the back post. Defender Raphael Varane ultimately provided the last touch for an own goal, though he had little choice but to make a play on the ball.

The third goal came in the 73rd minute when Casemiro stamped the foot of Suarez, who panenka’d the ensuing penalty in calm fashion.

Suarez becomes only the third Barcelona player to score 10 or more goals against Real Madrid, with his 11 strikes trailing only Lionel Messi (whose 26 goals lead either side against the other) and Cesar (14).

In truth, Barcelona’s decisive win came decidedly against the run of play. The visitors played a four-man midfield with Suarez and Messi up top to protect against Real Madrid’s attack, which has burgeoned over the past couple months. That made it a little more difficult to find success going forward, and Real Madrid still nearly scored on a couple of occasions in the first half.

Ter Stegen made four saves for Barcelona, the best a diving stop in the 62nd minute to deny a header from Sergio Reguilon bound for the bottom-right corner of the net.

Messi’s impact was minimal, atypical of his form lately, but Real Madrid perhaps felt the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo even more. The club has firmly righted the ship since struggling over the first three months of the season, but the lack of a biting finish from Benzema, Vinicius and company ultimately proved to be the difference. There was no end product for the three-time reigning European champions.

In truth, the Champions League is the best shot at silverware left this season for Real Madrid, which is nine points back in La Liga. Another loss on Saturday to Barcelona and it’ll be a 12-point deficit with 12 to play.

The Catalans, meanwhile, won’t complain about snatching victory while arguably being outplayed, and they won’t complain about a shot at a fifth straight Copa del Rey title and record-extending 31st overall.

Georgian ministry reveals volume of exported potatoes
Georgian ministry reveals volume of exported potatoes
National Bank of Georgia reveals volume of net profit received by banking sector
National Bank of Georgia reveals volume of net profit received by banking sector
Georgian Health Ministry purchases rapid COVID-19 tests
Georgian Health Ministry purchases rapid COVID-19 tests
Loading Bars
Latest
Georgian ministry reveals volume of exported potatoes
Benzol transshipment via Turkey's ports during 1H2020 disclosed
National Bank of Georgia reveals volume of net profit received by banking sector
Germany, UK to persuade US to temporary lift sanctions against Iran
Cargo transshipment via Turkey's Iskenderun port for six months revealed
Georgian Health Ministry purchases rapid COVID-19 tests
Georgian Tskali Margebeli reveals volume of mineral water to be exported to Japan
AzEduNet seeking to attract investments for transferring schools to optic connection
Georgian olive oil replaces over 20% of imports
Iranian fisheries company interested in exporting their products to Turkmenistan
Russia's Ministry of Agriculture: Russia expands range of exports to Uzbekistan
Switzerland finances digital learning project of Uzbekistan
National Bank of Pakistan cease to operate in Uzbekistan
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products for sale on August 12
Thermal power plant to be commissioned in Iran's Shiraz industrial park
Bentonite transshipment via Turkey's ports in 1H2020 unveiled
Turkey reveals cargo shipment from Ukraine via its ports in 1H2020
Volume of wheat purchased in Iran's Kurdistan Province revealed
Coronavirus patients covered by supplementary insurance in Iran
Ukrtransnafta reveals volume of Azerbaijani oil transportation
Iran discloses number of stations being built in Iran's Shiraz county
Vienna University of Technology has announced admission for the first Master's program in Baku
Price for cars may decline in Iran
General Motors' Dhivya Suryadevara steps down as CFO
Kazakhstan increases oil export, petroleum goods production
Volume of wheat purchased in Iran announced
Return of blocked deposits in closed banks in Azerbaijan to begin in few days
Azerbaijan's Constitutional Court decides in favor of citizens on deposits in closed banks
Sale of Iran's oil bonds to bring profit to buyers
Afghanistan’s activity at Turkmen State Commodity Exchange in July 2020
Кazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company to buy construction materials via tender
Demand of Azerbaijani banks at Central Bank's currency auction fully met
Iran to review possible withdrawal from nuclear deal before US elections
Kazakhstan’s freight transportation operator opens tender for equipment maintenance
Iran's oil bonds not profitable during foreign currency crisis
Iran uses domestic nanotechnology to paint coating of airplanes
Insurance sector’s premiums up in Georgia
New inflow of natural gas received at Turkmenistan's Tajibay field
Uzbekistan aims to boost production of cement, construction materials
Iranian economist: Selling oil bonds - win-win deal
Turkish president receives Azerbaijani Foreign, Defense Ministers
Azerbaijan confirms 214 more COVID-19 recoveries
Uzbekistan establishes joint Uzbek-German asphalt production enterprise
Turkmenistan exports large volume of vegetables, fruits to EAEU countries
Iran's Shazand Oil Refining Company reveals amount of fuel produced for ships
Kazakhstan's foreign exchange reserves up month-on-month
Georgian Products Renaissance company expands export of its products
Saudi arabian company to build gas turbine power station in Uzbekistan
Prices of precious metals change in Azerbaijan
Turkmenistan increases tomato exports to EAEU
Georgian citizens arriving in Finland not to undergo compulsory quarantine
Uzbek-Korean JV to buy industrial vacuum cleaners via tender
Kazakhstan's import of Austrian-made goods plummets during COVID-19
Turkey unveils 1H2020 volume of gasoil movement through its ports
Mevlut Cavusoglu: Turkey always next to fraternal Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's PM holds phone talk with CEO of BP Group
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price continues to rise
Iran talks about details of dairy products export
Volume of gas injected into storages in Azerbaijan disclosed
Turkish Anadolu news agency publishes interview with Azerbaijani MP Sevil Mikayilova on Azerbaijani-Turkish relations
Russia is first to register COVID-19 vaccine worldwide
French privacy watchdog opens preliminary investigation into TikTok
Azerbaijani currency rates for August 11
Demand for coal in Uzbekistan increases
Georgian Partnership Fund to sell its shares in Telasi energy distributor company
Design of upper block for Azerbaijan's Karabakh field being developed
Home purchases in Israel at 10-year peak in June
Iran's Tehran Oil Refining Company to boost its production
South Korean company to build cement plant in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijani FM: Azerbaijani-Turkish relations successfully developing in all areas
Azerbaijani president: Interest of foreign investors in oil and gas industry, in Azerbaijan’s oil and gas potential showing no sign of abating
Azerbaijani president: Just as we are returning to once abandoned Garabagh field today, we will return to our native Karabakh land in same manner
Iran to save foreign currency via domestic production
Turkmenistan’s Balkan region to increase volume of agricultural production
Amount of MOL Group’s provisions at Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli disclosed
Uzbekistan, Russia expanding bilateral cooperation in agro-industrial sector
Jackets for Azerbaijani Absheron field ready - BOS Shelf
Azerbaijani president: Garabagh field jacket demonstrates our strength again
FM: 29 agreements to be signed between Azerbaijan, Turkey
President Ilham Aliyev: First gas and oil at Garabagh field should be produced in two years – at the end of 2022
Azerbaijani FM to meet with Turkish president
Bos Shelf: Sail away of jacket for Azerbaijani ACE project expected in late 2021
President Ilham Aliyev: All projects are being implemented successfully
President Ilham Aliyev: By doing all this work, we are redrawing an energy map of Eurasia
Azerbaijani president: Southern Gas Corridor is our historic achievement
Iran exports major part of non-oil products to neighboring countries
Azerbaijani president: Then leadership of Azerbaijan – the PFPA-Musavat tandem – allowed for occupation of our lands
Georgian Healthcare Group removed from London Stock Exchange
Iran building new solar panel station
Iran reports its COVID-19 data for August 11
MOL Group reveals capex in Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli
Uzbekistan discovers new gas field in country's Bukhara region
MOL Group increases filling stations in Europe
European Gymnastics President: 38th edition of FIG Congress to be held in Antalya
Azerbaijani oil grows in price
BOS Shelf completes construction of largest offshore jacket in Caspian Sea
New wells put into operation at Iran's South Pars gas field
Azerbaijani, Turkish FMs holding meeting in Ankara (PHOTO)
Central Bank of Azerbaijan launches IFC-funded digital financial service project
Georgia's Herbia company plans to expand its operations
All news