Draw a 1. That was the score of the first Classic of 2013, the first game between Real Madrid and Barcelona, corresponding to the first leg of the semifinals of the Copa Del Rey. Although there were fewer goals than we had been accustomed lately these two teams, the show lived up in a game that had crazy moments, return, And in which there were many occasions for each side.
Both goals came in the second half after a goalless first 45 minutes sometimes but not. Both Madrid and Barcelona had options, but the feeling in the first half was that Real Madrid was better, much more comfortable in that battle of comings and goings . Barca instead, quickly lost the ball, and no one dared to attack with many effective cons aware that Real Madrid could be lethal, and yet, at the Catalans won points.
The first time the Pinto resolved, saving a shot from Cristiano Ronaldo, the only fault that Barcelona did in the first half, 2 minutes. Before the Real Madrid back to shoot at goal, through Benzema in the 27th minute, the crossbar repelled a lack of Xavi and Varane saved a goal sung in goal after a gift of Carvalho. And those were the clearest plays for each team, in terms of spiking because arrivals was not enough and ended up at auction by the central defenses of each team.
In the second half if it was much better for Barcelona, with a version similar to what is usually the Barca team. And all thanks to Cesc goal after a double fault Alley. The Real Madrid striker, making defense, weak cleared first and then never again, handing the ball to the opponent’s position and enabling Fabregas just before Diego Lopez no mistake. It had only been five minutes of the second part.
From here, the Barcelona found it much easier path to the goal white and almost forgave his rival. Cesc, which is just enough to Dormio Varane he snatched the ball, Pedro, who sent out with Diego Lopez and beaten, and Jordi Alba, whose shot was tipped the new Real Madrid goal, had the opportunity tohave put his team with a 0-2 would have been a major setback for Mourinho, and a tough challenge for the second leg.
The pay forgiving and the club paid for fitting the equalizer. I scored the best in the game, Rafael Varane, with a header over Pique flawless after a second play in a corner. The French not only saved a goal in goal and Cesc Marcuse prevented another at will, but equaled the race so it is worthy of all the praise and all the headlines are going to read about it in the coming days.
After the 1-1, which reached 10 minutes to go, the club decided to keep the ball and avoid a last herding of Madrid. In short, put up a result that is in principle favorable to the Catalans face the second leg to be played on February 27 at the Camp Nou. A new classic that we ask at least that is equally as vibrant and full of occasions like today.