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Barcelona Hold Real Madrid Draw REVIEW

Written By muhammad sihabuddin on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 4:11 PM

Raphael Varane
Sportslast | Copa Del Rey - Real Madrid and Barcelona drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday (01/30/2013).

Barca went ahead through Cesc Fabregas in the 50th minute. Diego Lopez kick the ball, not perfectly anticipated by Jose Maria Callejon, so headed off in the direction of Fabregas free-standing in the middle of the penalty box. Fabregas to reach the ball and fired it into the Madrid goal.

Raphael Varane to change the numbers on the scoreboard to 1-1 in the 81st minute. In his head, he sent the ball into the post Mesut Oezil goalkeeper Joe Manuel Pinto.

The game takes the heat from the start. In a high tempo, both sides are equally trying to find loopholes to create chances, which saw a number of physical contact.

Madrid first create a threat to the visitors' goal. A Cristiano Ronaldo shot in the second minute, denied Jose Manuel Pinto. Benzema failed to reach a loose ball.

In the eighth minute, Pinto returned to the rescue. This time, he threw the ball kick Michael Essien.

Barcelona finally created chances through Jordi Alba in the 12th minute. Lionel Messi sent a breakthrough is not executed accurately by Alba.

After Karim Benzema's cross failed to reach Ronaldo in the 19th minute, Barcelona launched an attack that led to a free kick. Xavi direct kick toward the goal. However, the ball hit the crossbar.

Madrid has created new opportunities, when Pedro fired a shot that was blocked Raphael Varane in the 24th minute.

Two minutes later, Benzema looked convoy opened fire in Gerard Pique. However, the ball darted into the right side of goalkeeper Pinto.

Entering the 30th minute, Messi looked to be dribbled into the penalty area from the left sector of the Madrid defense. However, Essien managed to steal the ball from him.

Soon, Dani Alves and Pedro collaborate on the left of defense Madrid. However, Alvaro Arbeloa could slash attack.

Entering the 40th minute, Barcelona seemed to pull things better, but they are difficult to completely drain attack, due to pressing Madrid.

Madrid respond quickly repair itself and re-try the drain attack, but Barcelona can cut it in the middle of the road.

The game had not changed much in the second round. Madrid became the first re-creating opportunities, through Benzema on the 47th minute. However, his shot the ball raced to the goal.

The attack was rewarded by Barca to attack bait Xavi led to Fabregas. Utilizing bait, Fabregas fired a shot that missed.

Barcelona maintain pressure. This time, their efforts led to a goal from Fabregas.

In the 56th minute, Fabregas again creating a threat to the goal Lopez. However, this time his efforts stopped Raphael Varane.

A minute after replacing Luka Modric Callejon in the 58th minute, Michael Essien saw his cross headed Ronaldo. However, the ball missed to the side of the goal.

Madrid has not created a new attack, when Barcelona launched two successive attacks that led to the execution of Dani Alves in the 61st minute. While the first attempt was cut Carvalho, his second attempt was stopped Lopez.

After the shot Pedro in the 72nd minute miss the mark, Madrid began to dampen the pressure Barca. Both sides then turns the ball, but there was no chance means, to Lionel Messi saw his shot in the 79th minute cut Varane.
The attack was immediately rewarded with a movement that led to Madrid Varane goals.

Afterwards, both sides creating each one golden opportunity Jordi Alba anticipated shot Lopez in the 87th minute and Ronaldo shot blocked by Carles Puyol in injury time.

Madrid (4-2-3-1): 25-Diego Lopez; 15-Michael Essien, 2-Raphael Varane, 11-Ricardo Carvalho, 17-Alvaro Arbeloa; 6-Sami Khedira, 14-Xabi Alonso; 21-Jose Maria Callejon (19-Luka Modric 58), 10-Mesut Ozil, 7-Cristiano Ronaldo; 9-Karim Benzema (20-Gonzalo Higuain 63)

Barcelona (4-3-3): 13-Jose Manuel Pinto; 2-Dani Alves, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 18-Jordi Alba; 6-Xavi, 16-Sergio Busquets, 4-Cesc Fabregas (11 -Thiago 82), 17-Pedro, 10-Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta 8-

Referee: Carlos Clos
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