Madrid has only days to pick up pieces for another clasico

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.

Barcelona lead Real by nine points in La Liga, with Atletico Madrid seven points behind and still the closest challengers.

It will be a tough pill to take for Santiago Solari, but there were plenty of positive moments in the attacking parts of the game.

"But we did not take our chances, and they did".

Barcelona won the latest installment of the Clasico on Wednesday night. They have played Barça three times and have scored just two goals. More importantly, it is now into the final of the competition for the sixth season in a row and will face either Valencia or Real Betis - who meet in the second leg of their tie on Thursday - for the chance to win a fifth consecutive trophy. It would leave the Champions League as the only competition in which it can still succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in almost a decade.

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"To play here is the ultimate challenge, but the performance of the team has been incredible - we can't have asked for more from ourselves in terms of the cup recently".

It is being reported by media outlets such as ESPN, that alleged racist insults were directed by Real Madrid fans towards Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele. He also wasn't on the field when Barcelona routed Madrid 5-1 at Camp Nou in their first league match this season.

There's nothing like getting one over your fiercest rivals and that's exactly what Barcelona did on Wednesday night by knocking Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey and their fans got even more delight by mocking Real's fans.

Following Barca striker Suarez' audacious Panenka penalty in the 73rd minute of the game, Real skipper, Ramos - who is the active player with the most red cards in El Clasico history - reportedly attempted to keep the floodgates from opening further by telling his teammates to not allow Barca to score any more goals.

Having making his delight at the result clear, Busquets looked to the future, starting on Saturday with another clash with Real Madrid in La Liga.

  • Lawrence Cooper