Barcelona secures showdown with Real Madrid

It had to happen, didn’t it? Barcelona has secured a showdown with Real Madrid and therefore another “Clasico” after beating Osasuna last night.Barca win 1-6 on aggregate with goals coming from Alexis Sanchez and Sergi Roberto to set up another epic Copa del Rey tie against Madrid. Read what the papers say:

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Barcelona went through the motions of their second leg match to secure a 2-1 victory over Osasuna at the Reyno de Navarra, progressing 6-1 on aggregate and securing a quarter-final tie with reigning champions Real Madrid.

The hosts took a first half lead lead against a disinterested Blaugrana through Dejan Lekic but Pep Guardiola’s men responded with a vastly improved second half display. Alexis Sanchez levelled the score moments after the restart before Sergi Roberto secured the win with a 72nd minute strike.

Barca began the game at a slow, workmanlike tempo as they sought out a no-fuss 90 minutes. Osasuna gradually eked their way into the game after Pedro’s sixth minute shot was tipped over by Asier Riesgo.

Eric Abidal replaced the injured Andreu Fontas in the visiting defence and almost gifted the opposition a goal in the 17th minute. Alvaro Cejudo dispossessed the Frenchman and his cross was met by Lekic. The striker’s effort got the beating of Jose Pinto but was cleared off the line by the covering Gerard Pique, while Patxi Punal then failed to capitalise on the rebound.

Barcelona lacked urgency and rarely threatened the opposition. With eight minutes of the first half left, Lekic caught Javier Calleja’s pinpoint cross on the volley with sublime technique, but his effort shaved the outside of the post.Original here on Goal.com

So another Copa del Rey clasico has been born. I wonder if Mourinho wanted this? i suppose he does want it and it’ll be an exciting match for sure.

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