Barcelona to play against Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semi-finals

Real Madrid dominated the first hour of the match before Barcelona caught up.

Barcelona and Real Madrid were paired together in Friday’s Copa del Rey semi-final draw, with Real Betis meeting Valencia in the other last-four tie.

Barcelona and Real Madrid were paired together in Friday’s Copa del Rey semi-final draw, with Real Betis meeting Valencia in the other last-four tie.

The draw means Spain’s two biggest clubs will play each other three times in the space of four weeks, with Madrid hosting Barca in La Liga on March 2.

Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto sent off against Real Madrid in la Liga
The previous El Clasico saw plenty of controversial moments. (Source: Reuters)

Thirty-times winners Barcelona, who have won the last four editions of the competition, will host Real in the first leg on Feb. 6, with the second leg coming on Feb. 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Betis will play at home to Valencia in the first leg and visit Mestalla in the second, with both ties being played on the same dates.

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The final will be played at Betis’ Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on May 25. Barca overcame a 2-0 deficit from their quarter-final first leg against Sevilla, thrashing the Andalusians 6-1 in the return leg to progress 6-3 on aggregate.

Real Madrid had a more comfortable path to the last four, beating Girona 4-2 at home and winning 3-1 away for a 7-3 aggregate win.

2018/19 Copa del Rey semi-final draw: preview

The four remaining clubs in the 2018/19 Copa del Rey are to learn the identity of their next opponents in this lunchtime’s semi-final draw in Seville.

Barcelona, Madrid, Betis, and Valencia in semi-final pot

Barcelona, Real Betis, Real Madrid, and Valencia are the teams in the hat, after all, coming through high-scoring clashes in what was an entertaining last eight.

Holders Barça remains in the hunt to win a record fifth straight Copa after overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Sevilla, while Betis, Madrid, and Valencia saw off Espanyol, Girona, and Getafe, respectively, in a round that averaged 7.5 goals per tie.

By the way, if you’re looking to accompany our live coverage with a video feed of the draw, you may wish to avail yourself of our useful guide on how and where to watch.

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