Barca-Madrid rivalry heating up

Posted on April 21, 2011 by

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Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 1-0 yesterday to win the Copa del Rey. The match was the second of four games between the two Spanish footy powerhouses in a span of 18 days. An extra-time header from Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference maker in what was the third match between the two sides this season.

The first match was a 5-0 drubbing by Barcelona back in November. This game set the tone for Barca early in the year, while completely embarrassing Los Galacticos.

Over the past weekend, the two sides drew 1-1 in their second La Liga meeting. Barcelona now rest a comfortable 8 points clear of Real Madrid after Saturday’s Clasico, which began this crazy string of games. The 1-1 draw featured two penalty kicks from the superstars, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.

The Copa Del Rey match was a scoreless encounter all the way until Ronaldo’s header in 103 minute of the first extra time period. Ronaldo rose above the Barcelona defense and headed home a Di Maria cross with a unstoppable amount of pace and power to give Madrid the first trophy of the season. The game was evenly split with Ronaldo’s team taking the first half and Barca dominating the second.

The best action of the day happened after the match when Real Madrid and Spanish defender, Sergio Ramos, dropped the Copa Del Rey trophy underneath the team bus. While the team celebrated their victory on a bus in the streets of Madrid, Ramos dropped the trophy off the top of the double-decker and could only watch as it was run over and smashed.

The two teams will now meet for a third and fourth time in the Champions League semifinal (April 27th, May 3rd) for a place in the final against Manchester United or Schalke 04. These two games will be hotly-contested and could bring out some of the best footy of the year. For more coverage of those upcoming games, check back at 756sports.

-Hutch

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