Vinicius Jr. opened the scoring for Real Madrid from a counter-attack early within the significant half of, nonetheless Barcelona’s Luuk de Jong equalised almost presently earlier than halftime following a mistake by Real defender Eder Militao within the Sizable Cup semifinal.
Action from Sizable Cup semifinal match between Real Madrid and Barcelona. (Photo: Reuters)
Federico Valverde done off an very most appealing pass in further time to present Real Madrid a 3-2 victory over arch-rivals Barcelona in an exhilarating Spanish Sizable Cup semi-final on Wednesday (January 12). Real progressed to Sunday’s final against the winners of Thursday’s clash between holders Athletic Bilbao and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid within the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.
Vinicius Jr. opened the scoring for Real from a counter-attack early within the significant half of, nonetheless Luuk de Jong equalised almost presently earlier than halftime following a mistake by Real defender Eder Militao. Karim Benzema keep apart Real aid in front 25 minutes into the 2d half of, inserting house on the rebound from within the popularity, nonetheless a header by change Ansu Fati, who was making his first look since November, took the game into further time.
Real claimed the winner from one more counter-attack, with Rodrygo firing a low nefarious to the brink of the popularity. Vinicius dummied to shoot, which eradicated your complete Barca defence and left Valverde on their own to faucet the ball into an empty win. Real Madrid were substantial favourites coming into the match, nonetheless struggling Barcelona gave the LaLiga leaders a tricky sport.
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The King Fahd Stadium was presupposed to be at 50 per cent potential due to COVID-19 concerns, nonetheless it looked nearly fleshy of enraged followers extremely happy to glimpse the significant ‘Clasico’ performed outside of Spain. “We were very effective within the counter-attack and scored three spectacular dreams,” Real coach Carlo Ancelotti instructed a news convention.
Real Madrid sat aid patiently and tried to position of abode up counter-attacks for Vinicius and Benzema, nonetheless they allowed Barca to derive too finish to their popularity. Xavi Hernandez’s principal improved crew dominated the 2d half of and further-time, and Ousmane Dembele was a fixed possibility down the left for a Real defence lacking David Alaba who was injured within the warmth-up.
(with Reuters inputs)