Preview: Barcelona are 90 minutes away from meeting Real Madrid in the final
A 2-0 victory over Sociedad in the first match was far better than Barcelona's performance. The Catalans were not at their best, and it was very clear in the second half.
Martinez was sent off in the 44th minute, and Barcelona played the entire second half with a man advantage. In normal circumstances, the Blaugrana would have put the game beyond any doubt, but a strange own goal was all they had to show for that second half.
Sociedad will now welcome the La Liga leaders to Anoeta, where they have been impressive as of late.
Preview: An uphill task for Spanish Cup champions Atletico
Almost there. Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane are about to experience their first ever Copa del Rey final as managers at Real Madrid. However, as much as upsets happen in football, the Spanish giants remain cautious ahead of Tuesday night’s encounter on the turf of their city rivals.
Atletico Madrid surprisingly conceded three goals without reply at the Santiago Bernabeu last week. This 3-0 first leg defeat requires Diego Simeone to be very smart this time round. What is worse for the Copa del Rey defending champions is that they will be without Diego Costa. The Brazilian-born striker picked up a booking and must now serve suspension.
Preview: Barcelona should be motivated to bounce back
Real Sociedad will head into the Camp Nou facing a difficult challenge. The Txuri-Urdin are coming off a four goal thumping at the Vicente Calderon against Atletico Madrid, with put the Madrid side at the top of the La Liga table.
The hosts will be equally frustrated on Wednesday, after their disappointing performance at the weekend.
Playing at home is normally a very good chance for the Blaugrana to win, but Valencia had other ideas. Los Che scored three goals, more than any other team has scored at the Camp Nou this season, and defeated Tata Martino's squad.
Preview: Revenge mission – Ronaldo's Real to fail or succeed?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s name is making a lot of rounds in the media today – not only because he is celebrating his 29th birthday, but because the verdict following his dissmissal against Athletic Bilbao on Matchday 22 of La Liga has fallen. CR7 has been slapped with a three-match ban but it only applies in the league.
Coincidentally, Ronaldo’s penultimate sending off happened at the Santiago Bernabeu against Atletico Madrid; that was in the Copa del Rey final, last season. This Wednesday, the visitors and their traveling fans might do all they can to provoke Ronaldo in their favour. While the Ballon d’Or winner’s temper is set to be tested once more, his desire to make up for his moment of madness at San Mames could work out in Real Madrid’s favour.
Preview: With a three goal lead, Barcelona have good chances to progress
The first match at the Ciutat de Valencia was kind to the Blaugrana, as they came away with a 1-4 victory. Levante now has to travel to the Camp Nou, where they will have to overcome that first leg defeat. Joaquin Caparros' squad have a difficult task ahead of them, especially playing away form home.
After their president stepped down, many expected Barcelona to struggle, but that has not been the case. The Catalans have won twice in a row, and a victory on Wednesday night could make it three wins in a matter of seven days.
Preview: A perfect end to January for Ronaldo and Real?
In the 2013/14 Copa del Rey, only one team is yet to concede a goal. This team is Real Madrid. If the Spanish giants maintain this record on Tuesday, they will make it into the semi-finals.
Ten times this season, Cristiano Ronaldo has netted Real Madrid’s opening goal in a game. The La Liga topscorer possesses amazing goalscoring stats but luck hasn’t favoured him much in the Copa del Rey where he remains with a single strike against Osasuna, a shot crashing against the post and a failed overhead kick attempt at the Cornella-El Prat.
Preview: Barcelona will be out to avenge their 1-1 draw from the weekend
The Blaugrana were not all that impressive in their latest match against Levante, but they will be looking to change that. Fortunately for Tata Martino's squad, Atletico Madrid was able to drop points at home, which allows Barcelona to remain top of La Liga.
On Wednesday, both sides will go head to head once again, in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final.
Being able to take on an opponent that you just drew will give both sides a chance to prove their true value. For Barcelona, they will want to show their doubters that mishaps will occur, while Levante will be out to prove that the draw at the weekend was not coincidental.
Preview: Real Madrid favourites to clinch first-leg advantage
Los Blancos will be confident of triumphing following their 1-0 win at the Cornella El-Prat on Matchday 19 of La Liga. Pepe’s solid header in the second half of the game denied the Catalonia-based club’s impressive defensive setup.
One player who will want to redeem himself is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese attacker had a night to forget in his last game against Espanyol.
Fresh from being made a ‘Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry’ in Lisbon by Portugal’s government on Monday, the Ballon d’Or titleholder will be keen to increase his goal tally in the Copa del Rey. As of now, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the topscorer with 4 goals. Ronaldo only has one.
Preview: Tata Martino wants to avoid any surprises
Barcelona take a comfortable lead with them into the second leg match against Getafe, but Tata Martino is not convinced that the hosts have given up. In 2007, the won 5-2 in the first leg, only to allow Getafe to win 4-0 in the return leg, eventually eliminating the Blaugrana.
"We have never hidden behind the result of a previous match," Martino told the club's official website. "We will play as if the result was at 0-0."
Getafe will be up against a very difficult task. Not only will they need to overturn a four goal deficit, but their current run of form will not give them any added motivation.
Preview: Golden goals for golden boy Cristiano?
Real Madrid’s camp is buzzing with euphoria following Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or triumph on Monday. Los Blancos will want to keep the fire burning by reaching the Copa del Rey quarter-finals at Osasuna’s expense.
They carry an advantage – not only because of their size on paper but because of their first leg victory at the Santiago Bernabeu. Jese Rodriguez and Karim Benzema’s goals were enough to separate the two teams at the end of the day as Iker Casillas kept a clean sheet.
However, Carlo Ancelotti prefers to be cautious.
Preview: Spectacle guaranteed at the Bernabeu with Bale & Ronaldo?
Game on! The much hyped duel between CR7 and La Pulga has been reignited. It’s Cristiano Ronaldo 2-2 Lionel Messi in 2014. “What you can do, I can do better” seems to be the rule of the game between these two superstar footballers since years now.
The Portuguese winger commenced the year in style with two late goals against Celta Vigo which he dedicated to the late Eusebio. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, marked his long-awaited return to action with a magnificent brace against Getafe on Wednesday night.
Preview: Messi's return will steal all the headlines
Lionel Messi's return has been long awaited by Barcelona's fans, and they could likely see his return on Wednesday. A Copa del Rey fixture at home would be a perfect opportunity for the Argentine to get some competitive minutes under his belt, just before a very important La Liga match at the weekend against Atletico Madrid.
But before the Catalans can worry about Atletico, they will need to get by a Getafe squad that they defeated 5-2 on December 22.
Tata Martino's squad were down 2-0 after 14 minutes in that match, but luckily a hat-trick from Pedro, and a brace from Cesc Fabregas helped Barcelona earn three points.
Preview: Neymar out to continue his fine form
The Brazilian international was Barcelona's big name signing this summer, and he took some time to get accustomed to European Football. With Messi alongside him, many expected Neymar to flourish, but it has been without the Argentine on the pitch that he has really started to show his talent.
After Messi went down with an injury, Barcelona struggled, having lost against Ajax in Amsterdam and lost against Athletic Bilbao.
Preview: Tata Martino will want his players to put in a solid performance, after two straight defeats
Having lost to Ajax in Amsterdam, and then against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mamés, Barcelona has not enjoyed their last few weeks. On Friday, they will get a chance to set things straight, although their opposition may not provide much of a test.
The Blaugrana will be up against a Cartagena side that is currently in Segunda Division B, which is two leagues beneath La Liga.
A lopsided victory is expected for Tata Martino's squad, but what if they do not actually beat the hosts comfortably? How will the fans, players, manager and the press react to that?
Miami Beach, Florida (May 15, 2013) -- The Spanish capital will be set ablaze on Friday as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid combat to succeed Barcelona as 2013 Copa del Rey champions. Ahead of this Spanish cup final fixture, LiveSoccerTV.com helps you with live TV listings. Find where to watch Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid live at 15:30 EST / 19:30 GMT / 21:30 CET on Friday, May 17, 2013.
Atletico Madrid’s history against their rich city neighbours is terrible. They have not beaten Los Blancos in 14 years. However, history is on their side ahead of Friday’s showdown. In 1992, the Copa del Rey final was played at the Santiago Bernabeu between the same teams. Atletico beat the odds to upset Real Madrid 2-0. Paulo Futre and Bernd Schuster did the damage with a goal each.
Ahead of the big kick-off, we take you through five different angles related to the 2013 Spanish Cup final. We look into Real Madrid’s defensive line-up, Jose Mourinho’s obligation to win the title, Iker Casillas’ miserable time on the bench, Atletico Madrid’s incredible form in Cup Finals during the past three years, and the influence of their two super strikers – Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa. To cap it off, our preview concludes with hyped up quotes and a final prediction.
Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid’s defensive line
Sergio Ramos has been out of action since April 30 when he came inches away from leading Real Madrid to a gargantuan comeback against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League. The Spanish defender scored a late goal in that match but ended the night on the losing side with as much pain on his body as in his heart.
Miami Beach, Florida (February 25, 2013) – The winner of the Copa del Rey semi-final encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be decided at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. El Clasico is set to attract millions of viewers on television and online from 15:00 EST / 20:00 GMT / 21:00 CET. Live Soccer TV brings its users information on where to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid whether you are in UK, USA or elsewhere in the world.
In the United States, El Clasico will be live and exclusive on beIN SPORT and beIN Sport en Español at 15:00 EST. Note: Countries such as Andorra, France and Puerto Rico must also tune into beIN Sport to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid live.
Team news and analysis
Barcelona are eager to knock out Real Madrid from the Copa del Rey but only victory or a goalless draw on home soil will do. Lionel Messi keeps scoring goals for fun in the Spanish La Liga.
However, he failed to find the net in his last two cup matches – at the Bernabeu in the first leg of this Copa del Rey semi-final tie and at the San Siro against Milan in the Champions League. Fresh from helping Barca overcome Sevilla in a comeback situation in La Liga, La Pulga is set to give Real Madrid’s defenders a tough time on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Raphel Varane who saved the first leg of El Clasico at the Bernabeu for Real Madrid will be fired up to shut down Messi.