Real Madrid faced Barcelona in the 1st leg of the Copa Del Rey Semi Finals at the Bernabeu last week.
The game was an interesting battle throughout with both sides wary of allowing the other get on top of the tie. After a goalless first half which saw a few missed chances from both sides, Barcelona took the lead 5 minutes into the second half. Lionel Messi was first to a poor clearance and poked the ball through to Cesc Fabregas to advance 1 on 1 with the keeper and coolly finish. Madrid pressed as they looked for a deserved equalizer which eventually came with less than 10 minutes to go. Raphael Varane headed home from a Mesut Ozil cross to leave the tie nicely poised as they head to the Nou Camp.
Whilst the 2 main men, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo were quiet, there was plenty of moments of class from the array of genius on disaply. Here are 5 GIF moments from the game
1. Andres Iniesta scoop pass
Brilliant pass from Iniesta as he scoops the ball over the Madrid to defence to get Jordi Alba in behind.
2. Sergio Busquets skill
Under pressure near his own box, Busquets shows off some great skill to play the ball over one player and calmly lay the ball off to a team mate with his next touch.
3. Xavi Pass, Raphael Varane tackle
With Cesc Fabregas through on goal from a brilliant Xavi pass, the young French defender shows great pace to get back and execute a perfect last ditch tackle
4. Mesut Ozil control
Truly stunning. Ozil controls a long pass with his heel. Beautiful.
5. Xavi pass, Jordi Alba touch and shot
Wonmderful vision and pass from Xavi plays in Alba who’s first touch is brilliant and sets him up for a shot at goal which is smartly saved by Diego Lopez.