Live updates: Barcelona Vs Real Madrid
Thu, 26 Jan 2012 7:11a.m.
By Greg Robertson
Welcome to the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) where we bring you video highlights as they occur, all goals and live streaming commentary as the match progresses of the football between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou for another El Clasico. Barcelona won the quarterfinal first leg 1-2 so get set for a Real Madrid side that will be looking to push the boundaries. Pre-match, Real Madrid players told fans they would “Fight to the death” so it will be interesting to see if Pepe and Lionel Messi tangle again.
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LIVE COMMENTARY…2 Barcelona Vs Real Madrid 2
45 minutes until kick off!! Now 35 minutes until kick off... Now 30 minutes (can you tell I'm looking forward to this one?)
The Catalans are currently preparing are all for the welcoming of Los Blancos to Camp Nou for the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie. However, according to club spokesman Toni Freixa, while Barca are focused on defending their 2-1 advantage from the first leg, they remain upset that Pepe has avoided any retrospective punishment for appearing to intentionally stamp on Messi during the second half of their meeting in the Spanish capital seven days ago.
Real Madrid defender Pepe will play in today’s quarter-final second leg at Barcelona if he is fit, in spite of the controversy over his alleged stamp on Lionel Messi's hand in last week's first game, coach Jose Mourinho said.
The 28-year-old, who was left out of Sunday's La Liga win at home to Athletic Bilbao, is available for the game at the Nou Camp after the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) decided not to take action against him.
At a news conference where his often difficult relationship with the media hit a new low, Mourinho said Pepe and midfielders Lassana Diarra and Esteban Granero had minor injury problems and a decision on their availability would be made on match day.
"The three have problems (midfielders Lassana Diarra and Esteban Granero and defender Pepe), but tomorrow in the morning we will train and we will decide whether any of the three are in a condition to play or not. If Pepe is fit he will play," the Portuguese said after a closed training session.
Mourinho batted away several questions about what tactics he plans to employ to try to reverse Real's woeful run of results against their arch rivals, where he was an assistant coach in the late 1990s.
Last week's first leg defeat at the Bernabeu was Mourinho's fifth against Barca in nine games since he joined Real; he has only managed one win, a 1-0 success after extra time in last year's Cup final.
"I think that my team stands a chance of playing in the King's Cup semi-finals and will play to try to get there. But we know who are we playing against, we know that we are losing 2-1 and we also know that we can be dumped from the King's Cup semi-finals," Mourinho said.
He declined to comment when asked about an unsourced report in the Spanish media that he plans to leave Real in June.
Mourinho said Real are five points clear of Barca in La Liga with half the season played and that they had won all six of their Champions League group matches.
"When we (Mourinho and entourage) arrived here the club had the tradition of being eliminated from the cup by inferior division teams. We won the cup and we are in the quarter-finals playing against the Spanish champions and the Euro (Champions League) champions. When we arrived here Real Madrid were not even top seeds in the Champions League and at this moment we've the Champions League record of six games, six victories; we are top seeds and with the points we have this will remain for a few more years. And we are leaders in the championship (La Liga). I don't think we have so many problems and I don't think that we are doing things as badly as it seems," he said.
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27/02/2013 3:19:26 a.m.
GAFAR AYOBAMI wrote:
as far as my own concern i want madrid to beat barca mercilesly.the galaticos.
28/04/2012 8:02:08 a.m.
Haruna aliyu wrote:
Messi...the giant of world footboller...lolx.
30/01/2012 1:08:21 a.m.
milton luma wrote:
christiano ronaldo has it all.
28/01/2012 12:41:53 a.m.
fatima khushnud wrote:
leo messiiii.... u rox really wont to meet u onces i my life te amo .all pakistanis luv u alot
27/01/2012 10:11:59 p.m.
messi simply rockzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!chill!!!!!!!!!!!!
26/01/2012 4:30:33 p.m.
nashir uddin wrote:
messi, the magical instrument of Barca and i love him very. all the best to barcelona. Go ahead.
26/01/2012 7:47:41 a.m.
messi is the best
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