Miami, Fla. (Wednesday, February 27, 2019) – Kenneth Russo
At the time of writing, we are two hours from the kickoff. ¡A dos horas del arranque del partido!
We’ve reached ‘that’ time of the year. Leagues are heading into their final two months, and Tournaments are heading towards their conclusions. In Spain, both La Liga and the Copa del Rey have seen their share of exciting moments.
In La Liga, Fútbol Club Barcelona hold a seven point lead over second place Atlético de Madrid, today, all eyes around the world are on Spain for the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, where Real Madrid CF plays FC Barcelona. The result after the first leg at the Camp Nou is 1-1, meaning Los Merengues hold the important away goal advantage. Despite that, everyone is expecting this to be a memorable match.
If the excitement of the Copa del Rey isn’t enough, in just three days, Real Madrid and Barcelona will face each other again, this time in La Liga Matchday 26, also in Madrid. It will be the first time in the history of the rivalry that Barça has played two consecutive El Clásico’s in Madrid.
The Copa del Rey match has been receiving the type of media coverage that one would expect, with updates and news stories all day long on TVE in Spain.
The same can be said across the world of social media, with tens of thousands of posts:
Barcelona is the king of the Copa del Rey, having captured the trophy a total of 30 times in its history, seven more than the second-best performer Athletic Club Bilbao. The Blaugrana have also won four straight Copa del Rey Trophies, becoming last season the first team in 85 years to win four consecutive trophies.
The club is coming off a 4-2 win last weekend versus Sevilla Football Club, with Leo Messi scoring a hat trick, the 50th of his career. Messi has also scored the most goals in El Clásico matches, with 26. Ironically, he has never scored against Los Blancos in a Copa del Rey match.
Copa Del Rey Champions 1960-2018
For Barcelona to advance, appear in a sixth straight final and have the chance to win a fifth consecutive Copa, they will need to win tonight or tie with more than 1 goal. A 0-0 draw tonight sends Real Madrid through, while a 1-1 draw means extra time will be played.
Whatever the result when these two teams meet, it will be worth the time spent watching.
NOTE: As mentioned, there will be another installment of El Clásico less than 72 hours after tonight’s match, on Saturday, March 2, 2019. For those of you watching in Miami, you are invited to view Saturday’s El Clásico at the M.I.A. Beer Company, 10400 NW 33rd Street, Doral, FL (Twitter @MIABrewing) beginning at 2 p.m. EST, with Inter Miami CF supporters’ group Southern Legion / Legión del Sur. For more information click the link here > Southern Legion
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