- Rodrigo the star as Valencia put three past Getafe
- Benzema at the double in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win
- Coutinho key in Barcelona’s 6-1 thrashing of Sevilla
The quarter final has ended now and the fans in Spain are looking forward to the big one, El Clasico. The two biggest sides in Spanish football, Barcelona and Real Madrid will lock horns in a two legged tie to decide who goes on to the final and possibly win the Copa Del Rey trophy? Will Barcelona triumph over Real Madrid as they did in the league this season? Will Santiago Solari’s men pull up a surprise? What should we expect between Valencia and Betis? Ghanafans reviews the second leg of the last eight.
The second-leg of the Copa Del Rey ensured the men were finally separated from the boys.
With lots of fascinating moments, the highlights were obviously Valencia and Barça overturning a substandard first-leg performance with emphatic victories in a pulsating second-leg quarter final display. Real Betis and Real Madrid also triumphed with identical results.
The first game of the Copa Del Rey second-leg saw Valencia play host to Getafe on Tuesday night. After their 1-0 defeat a week ago, Valencia needed at least a 2-0 win to make the semis.
An early lead by Getafe in the first minute seemed the host were heading for a possible shock exit.
Los Che with unflinching determination kept it late when Rodrigo scored Valencia’s second and third goals in the 92nd and 93rd minute respectively to hand the host qualification.
After a hard fought victory, Los Ches would be eyeing an eighth Copa Del Rey title, with their last success dating back some eleven years ago, when they beat this same Getafe side, 3-1 to lift their seventh Copa trophy in the 2007/08 campaign.
An upturn in results lately have put to bed constant criticisms in the wake of their bad run of form initially in the season and winning another Copa title might as well make it an epic season for them.
FC Barcelona came under scrutiny following their 2-0 humbling by Sevilla last week at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
For many, Barça’s sluggish display spoke volumes about how the players were unenthusiastic about the Copa Del Rey and only prioritized La Liga and the Champions League.
A Messi-spirited Barça side, demolished Sevilla with a resounding 6-1 score line (6-3 on aggregate), sending a clear message that the treble is always the benchmark. Coutinho led the charge with his brace in the evening.
The club looks forward to winning a third treble in its history. The Blaugrana currently boasts of an astonishing thirty Copa Del Rey titles and another will set them apart from the rest.
A fifth successive trophy in this showcase would be an unprecedented feat to achieve.
Español lost 3-1 to Real Betis at Benito Vilamarin in the second-leg of the tie. With a 1-1 score line in the reverse fixture, Real Betis edged the team from Catalonia 4-2 on aggregate to make the final four. Having won the Copa Del Rey twice in the past (1977 and 2005), Los Verdiblancos would hope to clinch a third in their history.
Real Madrid humiliated Girona with an astonishing 7-3 aggregate score line when Los Blancos defeated the host 1-3 in the second-leg on Thursday night with Benzema stealing the show.
Santiago Solari’s men currently trail the Blaugrana by 8 points in La Liga and the Copa is a real chance of attaining silverware. Los Blancos are hoping to repeat their victory in 2014 to add to their already huge trophy cabinet.
Friday’s draw paired Valencia with Real Betis as two fierce rivals in the history of the game, Barcelona and Real Madrid, play each other in a much anticipated clash.
The first-leg of the El Clasico is scheduled to be played on 6th February at Nou Camp whiles Real Betis welcome Valencia the following day.
Surely, the El Clasico would attract millions of spectators worldwide as two Spanish giants with no love lost between them take to the field.
CREDIT: BRIGHT N.B. ANTWI