Barcelona won 1-0 in their semifinal first leg away at Real Madrid

Barcelona have secured a key Copa del Rey advantage as Xavi’s side won 1-0 in their semifinal first leg away at Real Madrid.

The Catalans are leading Los Blancos by seven points in the La Liga title race, and they take a crucial lead back to Camp Nou for the second leg on April 5.

Both sides struggled for chances on the night, with Real Madrid failing to register a single shot on target, as Barcelona claimed a fortunate first-half breakthrough.

Eder Militao deflected Franck Kessie’s saved shot into his own net and Barcelona’s new-look defence held firm in the second half.

Real Madrid looked a shadow of the team that scored five and ripped Liverpool apart at Anfield last month as they failed to even trouble the Barca goal.

There will be no need for panic, given Real Madrid’s all-star attack, but Barcelona will take huge motivation from this tie as they try and hold off the defending champions.

A new record, based on no shots on target makes uncomfortable reading for Ancelotti, as the chance to stop Barcelona’s double quest takes a major hit.

Los Blancos fans proudly showcase their club’s incredible La Liga and Champions League record, but they face a fight to avoid another Copa del Rey failure, having not reached the final since 2014.


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