Real Madrid will face its archrival Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals. The first leg will take place on February 28, 2023, at Santiago Bernabéu, and the return leg will be played at Nou Camp on March 5, 2023.
Without a doubt, it is going to be an interesting game as both teams share a very glorious history.
The last time the two teams met was during the Supercopa de España final on January 15. The game ended in favor of FC Barcelona, which defeated Real Madrid 3-1.
There encounter in March will be the 14th time that Barcelona and Real Madrid have met in the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid won their last Copa Del Rey title in 2014, when Carlo Ancelotti’s side defeated Barcelona in the final.
In the 2022-2023 campaign of the tournament, the Catalonia side knocked out Intercity, Cueta, and Real Sociedad to get to the semi-finals.
Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 to qualify for the semi-finals.
Barcelona are also scheduled to play against Real Madrid in the league’s El Clasico on March 19, 2023, as both teams look forward to winning the La Liga at the end of the season.
In the second semi-finals, Osasuna faces the Athletic Club at home in the opener after eliminating Real Betis in a penalty shootout and Sevilla in extra time to get a semi-final slot.
Athletic Club defeated Valencia 3-1 in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals for the third time in four editions. Osasuna remain the only team remaining in the tournament that hasn’t won the Copa Del Rey.
It is the first time Athletic and Osasuna will meet in the semis.
Athletic Club have won the tournament a record 28 times, with Barcelona being the only team to have surpassed them with 31 Copa Del Rey titles.
The Copa Del Rey final is set to be played on May 6, 2023, at Seville’s La Cartuja stadium.
However, Barcelona have been tipped to win the tournament at the end of the season. The team seems to be more composed and wins matches with ease.
If they can eliminate Real Madrid in the semi-finals, winning the title will not be difficult for them.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Copa Del Rey Head to Head
The two dominant teams in Spanish football have faced off 20 times in 35 Copa Del Rey games, with 10 victories each for the clubs.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have competed against each other seven times at the semi-final level, with Barcelona winning three of those matches: in 1954, 1959, and most recently in the semi-finals in 2019.
Then, with coach Ernesto Valverde in charge, Barcelona advanced to the championship game with a 3-0 victory at Bernabéu after a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Camp Nou.