Barca stuns Madrid 3-0 at Bernabeu, reaches Copa final again

"We had all those chances and if we had scored them we might have made it to the final". The result was put beyond it on the 69th minute when a sliding Varane turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Suarez.

"We are upset. It was a hard blow", Madrid coach Santiago Solari said.

"But we did not take our chances, and they did". It took place in Pep Guardiola's first season in 2009 when they picked up a spectacular 6-2 win.

Real Madrid wonderkid Vinicius Jr has sought to clarify himself ahead of the Clasico after he was quoted as saying nobody is scared of FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi.

The goal settled a fairly comprehensive 4-1 aggregate win for Barca, who will now face either Valencia or Real Betis in the final. The rivals will also play each other on Saturday in the Spanish league, with Barcelona nine points in front of Madrid in the standings. It would leave the Champions League as the only competition in which it can still succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in almost a decade.

Out of favour midfielder Isco has missed Real Madrid's last five matches, while central defender Nacho is suspended for the visit of Barca after he was sent off for two bookable offences at Levante last time out in the league. He also wasn't on the field when Barcelona routed Madrid 5-1 at Camp Nou in their first league match this season. The hosts created most of the scoring chances, including a couple of clear ones for young Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior. It was once again a counter attack as the Uruguyuan Luis Suarez was brought down by Casemiro in the penalty box. Messi and Dembele again combined but it was Raphael Varane, not Suarez, who'd end up bundling the cross into the net from close range.

"It's been one of the games at the Bernabeu in which we have suffered the most and had least possession of the ball", said Busquets after the match, which had been a freakish affair.

The Argentine is not exactly the toast of the town following Madrid's Copa del Rey second leg defeat and the former Los Blancos winger was evidently in no mood to mediate with disgruntled fans.

They did, but Madrid fans had already started leaving.


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