Real Madrid vs Barcelona, El Clasico 2018-19

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Vinicius Junior was Madrid's brightest spark but he also missed a hatful of chances before Barca's Luis Suarez scored twice, either side of a Raphael Varane own goal.

Although it's Barca who have reached the cup final, Real have a chance for revenge on Saturday night when the two sides meet again in La Liga.

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

Their surge is timely given a second leg against Lyon in the Champions League is just around the corner, with the tie goalless and delicately poised heading into the return at the Camp Nou. They didn't take their chances in the first half but we took ours later.

In the last 15 years, Barcelona have achieved a total of 11 wins at Madrid's home.

The goal settled a fairly comprehensive 4-1 aggregate win for Barca, who will now face either Valencia or Real Betis in the final. Their mediocre season is being attributed to the departure of their talismanic No.7, Cristiano Ronaldo. "Players also get better by training, and above all by playing games".

"We're coming through this phase of games - which was really tough [away against Lyon, Sevilla and Madrid twice] - really well".

Suarez then earned a penalty and further humiliated Madrid by converting with an audacious "Panenka", deceiving goalkeeper Keylor Navas by chipping the ball into the net.

Yet Barca went ahead against the run of play in the 50th minute as Ousmane Dembele led a counter-attack and Suarez slotted his pass into the net.

Real attempted to salvage some pride but failed to register on the scoresheet, meaning Barcelona set up a sixth successive appearance in the Copa del Rey final and the chance for a fifth straight title in the competition.

Worst of all for Madrid, La Liga leaders Barca will be back at the Bernabeu once again on Saturday for a league fixture which, should they win again, would see them move 12 points clear of their arch rivals.

Casemiro said there was no reason to discuss Juventus' Ronaldo once again, despite the former Madrid star's absence being felt by the European giants."We can not talk about a player who is not here", Casemiro told reporters, via AS.

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