In the last few years, Real Madrid demonstrates what can only be described as a superpower to win the ugly. Especially in knockout races, and especially in the Champions League, Madrid occasionally works for most 90 minutes against an opponent who plays the game of his life just to look up after the last play and to see ahead of the board. Barcelona, on the other hand, wins only when they are the best. But in the second round of the Copa del Rey semi-final between these two major rivals, the roles were turned. Real Madrid has shoved shit from Barcelona for 90 minutes today and was still somehow crushed by a score of 3-0.
It is difficult to explain what happened in this Clásico because it did not make absolutely sense. Lionel Messi had maybe his quietest game of the season. His only involvement in each of his three goals was his decision to leave Luis Suarez to bear the punishment he had killed forever. All that can be said about the game is that Barca is absolutely horrible for almost one man, except the ridiculous goalkeeper Marc André Ter Stegen; he seemed lost both in possession and in defense; created almost nothing (the team took only four shots, only two of them were on the target); let a Madrid team put up a rebellion with 14 shots; and he had no idea what to do with the still-up Vinicius, who could probably have won the game himself if he was just more composed and happy with the many chances he made for himself and his teammates. Still, when the final whistle broke, Barcelona was the team to meet either Valencia or Real Betis in the Copa del Rey final.
Here are the main moments of the goals that again are not in any way indicative of the real flow of the game: Considering Real Madrid already pulled his trademark Houdini a few weeks ago against Ajax in the Champions League competition they are actually interested in – if someone does what they often do to others, it probably does not hurt as much as they might otherwise be. Still, you have to feel a lot of nonsense to dominate so carefully against their biggest rivals to start, and there's nothing to show for him. Ha!