It is Barcelona vs Real Madrid—or El Clasico—in the 2010/11 Copa del Rey final. Barcelona and Real both beat Almeria and Sevilla respectively in the semis to grab precious tickets.
The Catalans faced the Andalusians away from home in their Copa del Rey semi-finals’ second leg encounter. Yet, they did not have too much to worry about, as they had already wounded their opponents 5-0 at the Camp Nou in the first leg.
Still, they finished their task in style, adding another 3 goals to increase their margin on aggregate against Almeria, with goals coming from Adriano, Thiago Alcántara, and Ibrahim Afellay. In the end, 8-0 was the final result of the fixture, and this score line surely evoked memories of Barca’s 8-0 away victory in La Liga in November 2010, against the same team.
At the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid resisted the powers of an aggressive Sevilla side to seal their place in the Copa del Rey final with a 2-0 return-leg triumph. Oezil was on the scoring sheet for Los Blancos, while on-loan striker Emmanuel Adebayor got his first goal for the Spanish titans.
So 3-0 was the aggregate result in favour of Real Madrid, and this therefore means that they will be facing Barcelona on April 20, in the year’s first El Clasico. However, the Galacticos will need to make extra efforts in that particular encounter, since the last Barcelona vs Real Madrid match did not give them a pretty outcome—with the defending Spanish champions hammering them 5-0.
This 2010/11 Copa del Rey final might present a totally different game though, and this time, it will be Jose Mourinho’s chance to give Real their very first trophy since the summer of 2008. On the other hand, it will be top scorer Lionel Messi’s opportunity to impose himself once again against his club’s archrivals, and push Barcelona closer to their dream of winning the treble for another time, this season.