Barcelona 1- Real Madrid 3: Cristiano Ronaldo hits the targets in the Cup final

Cristiano Ronaldo crushed Barcelona's feeble hopes with two goals in victory 1-3 Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals, that gives them a place in the final against Sevilla or Atlético de Madrid. The Portuguese forward scored in the minute 13 a powerful penalty on the underside of José Manuel Pinto's goal, after Gerard Piqué had made him fall to the ground, becoming the first player to score in six Clásicos in a row away from home.

Barça dominated possession but rarely threatened, and Ronaldo doubled the Whites' lead in the minute 57 after receiving the ball from Angel di Maria, before a Pinto who was not where he should. Spectacular Argentine action, that literally left the “shark”. That was goal number 12 from portuguese in 18 games against Barça since he arrived at Madrid in 2009, and his second double in as many games at a stunned Camp Nou.

Madrid threw salt in the wound of its great rival when Raphael Varane, that last month he scored the tying goal 1-1 in the first leg at the Bernabéu, jumped over the defense in a corner in the minute 68 and scored headfirst under the crossbar.

Jordi Alba scored for the hosts in the minute 89, but it was too late for Barcelona, who conceded three goals to Madrid at home for the first time since their draw 3-3 in March 2007. Madrid will face Atlético de Madrid or Sevilla in the May final, who play on wednesday, But first, they will meet again with Barcelona in a League match at the Santiago Bernabéu next Saturday.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

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