Real Madrid leads Barcelona after 45 minutes of the Copa del Rey quarterfinal, but after the break, they no longer keeps the clean sheet. The Copa del Rey quarterfinal match ends with 1 – 2 result with Barcelona win over Real Madrid. Los Merengues leads the game with a score of 1-0 at halftime by Cristiano Ronaldo at 11st minute. Despite going into the break a goal down, Barca still performs well with Lionel Messi creates a near-post shot excellently saved by Iker Casillas and Andres Iniesta and Andres Iniesta losts a chance inside the box with a left-footed strike that flashed wide. At 49’, Barca has a goal by a superb header from Puyol and at 76’, Barcelona continues to dominate the fame when Abidal scored his second-ever goal for the Catalans, with Lionel Messi the architect.
The El Clasico season 2012 opens on 18th January 2012 with a Copa del Ray clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Quarter-Final first leg – one of the most exciting Clasicos in memory. The two teams are the divine representation of the finest aspects of Spanish club football; then, for one to exist, the other must co-exist. Real Madrid and Barcelona have already scored 203 competitive goals between them this season; hence, the upcoming match is a real battle (again) thanks to their extravagant attacking power and strong defense.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 1-2 highlights 18th January 2012: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid scores his sides opening goal during the Copa del Rey quarter final match Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid have only won one match in their previous 12 meetings with their Catalan rivals – they lost eight and drew the other three. In the defeat with Pep Guardiola's men last month, French footballer Karim Benzema scored the quickest goal in Clasico history (after only 23 seconds). Currently, The Whites hopes to reign Copa del Rey champions after beating their rivals 1-0 at Mestalla in last season's final courtesy. Recently, Cristiano Ronaldo has been assaulted with an endless line of negative comments in the past few weeks due to his inability to shine in big clashes. José Mourinho insists that “Ronaldo works like an animal”, stating “If someone criticises Cristiano Ronaldo, he has a problem with me. We won the Copa del Rey because of his goal, and he’s scored I don’t know how many goals for us. He’s scored countless hat-tricks, he carries so much pressure on his back.”
Karim Benzema challenges Andres Iniesta during the Copa del Rey Quarter Finals match in Madrid, Spain
Meanwhile, Barcelona head to the game after six matches unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu. Without any fresh injury concerns heading into the match, manager Pep Guardiola insist, “Barcelona wants to claim all the titles”.
Carles Puyol celebrates his equalizing goal with his teammates Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas
Eric Abidal scores his rare, sides second goal past Ricardo Carvalho of Real Madrid
The French footballer celebrates his goal with teammate Daniel Alves. In the previous day, the 32-year-old defender Eric Abidal extended the contract with the club until June of 2013
Head coach Josep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho look on during the match
Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after Barca beat Real 2-1 in the Copa del Rey Quarter Finals match on 18 January 2012
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 1-2 All Goals & full highlights (18/01/2012)