The latest edition of El Clasico was on January 15, in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, and the match ended 3-1 in favour of Barcelona, courtesy of goals from Gavi, Robert Lewandowski and Pedri.
The 252nd rendition of El Clasico is set to take place at Santiago Bernabeu, when Real Madrid will host Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final on Thursday night. The hosts defeated city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-1 in the last-eight to progress this far, while Blaugrana secured a narrow 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in their previous round match. Meanwhile both sides are heading into the match on the back of not so great results in their respective league-games last time out. The hosts played out a 1-1 draw against Atletico on Saturday, while Barca suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away to Almeria, a day later.
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— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) March 1, 2023
Despite being the most successful team in Europe, with 14 Champions League triumphs, Los Blancos have incredibly not won the Copa del Rey title since the 2013-14 campaign. Last season, Carlo Ancelotti’s side won the Champions League and the La Liga, but lost out to Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-final stage of the domestic Cup competition. This time around, a quadruple is still a distinct possibility heading into the spring months. Meanwhile, Real Madrid came from behind to earn a point against Atletico, who played the final 25 minutes with 10-men after Angel Correa was sent off for two-yellow card offenses, on Saturday. Jose Gimenez broke the deadlock 12 minutes from time before Alvaro’s 85th-minute effort helped Ancelotti’s side earn a point in front of their home fans. Los Blancos missed a chance to close the gap on leaders Barcelona to five points.
Barcelona, on the other hand, are going through a rough patch, having suffered two consecutive defeats last week. After losing 2-1 to Manchester United in the second leg of their Europa League playoff tie last Thursday, Barca were beaten by Almeria in the top flight, courtesy of El Bilal Toure’s 23rd-minute effort. It was their second league-defeat of the season. Despite losing their last league match, Blaugrana boasts a seven point lead over the chasing pack in the Spanish top flight. Meanwhile, when it comes to the Copa del Rey, Barcelona are the most successful team in history, having won the title 31 times. Their last triumph at the Cup competition came in 2021.
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The latest edition of El Clasico was on January 15, in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, and the match ended 3-1 in favour of Barcelona, courtesy of goals from Gavi, Robert Lewandowski and Pedri. Meanwhile, Karim Benzema scored a late consolation goal for Los blancos. But Ancelotti’s side prevailed by the same scoreline at the Bernabeu back in October in the La Liga.
|Real Madrid won||102|
|Total Real Madrid goals||422|
|Total Barcelona goals||412|
|Biggest Real Madrid win||5-0 (1995)|
|Biggest Barcelona win||5-0 (2010)|
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Barcelona beat Real Madrid||1-3|
|Real Madrid beat Barcelona||3-1|
|Barcelona beat Real Madrid||0-1|
|Barcelona beat Real Madrid||0-4|
|Real Madrid beat Barcelona||2-3|
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