It’s confirmed –Barça and Madrid will fight it out in the semi finals for a place in next month’s Champions League final. Madrid saw off Spurs 0-1 at White Hart Lane on Wednesday thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo goal to go through 5-0 on aggregate.
Carvalho to miss first leg
Madrid’s experienced centre half Ricardo Carvalho will miss the first leg in Madrid after
been shown a yellow card for a lunging tackle on Tom Huddlestone on 38 minutes of last
That means we’ll have 4 Barça Madrid games in just 18 days, with this weekend’s La Liga
clash and next week’s Cup Final coming up. Barça are in the semis for the fourth season on
the run, whilst this is the first time since they lost to Juventus in 2003 that Madrid are back in
the last four of the Champions League.
Full strength team
As promised, Mourinho played a full strength side despite the four goal lead from
the first leg and didn’t rest any players ahead of Saturday’s big game, even risking
the players who were just a yellow away from missing the semi final first leg -Cristiano, Ramos,
Carvalho and Albiol.
Goalless first half
The first half was goalless, though Ozil (min2) and Sergio Ramos, had chances, as
did Pavlyuchenko and Bale for Spurs, with the ever dangerous Welsh winger seeing his goal
disallowed for an offside flag against Modric.
Five minutes into the second half though, Madrid struck as a swerving Cristiano
Ronaldo shot was mishandled by Gomes to gift the visitors a goal. Now Mourinho began to ring the
changes, bringing on Granero for Sergio Ramos and Kaka for Cristiano Ronaldo to ensure they
didn’t see any yellow cards. Defoe hit the woodwork on 73 minutes and Marcelino came close
with a cheeky lob soon after, but there were to be no more goals and Madrid were through.
Last meeting 9 years ago
The last time Barça and Madrid met in the Champions League semi finals was in 2002,
when Madrid won 0-2 at the Nou Camp and the second leg was drawn 1-1, but the most famous European
meeting between the two goes back to 1960 when Evaristo’s diving header gave Barça a 2-1 win
that was the first time Madrid had lost out in the old European Cup and was revenge for the
previous season’s 6-2 aggregate defeat.