Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 07/23 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 07/22 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 07/19 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Sports

Fiesta time as Madrid and Barcelona serve up double helpings of el clasico

media Lionel Messi has scored 33 goals in 32 matches this season. Sergio Perez/Reuters

It's one of the most caustic rivalries in world football and over the next four days, the fanatics and partisans from Real Madrid and Barcelona partisans can binge on the vitriol as the teams confront each other for a place in the Copa del Rey final and in La Liga.

Madrid hold the advantage as the sides prepare for the second leg of the cup semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Three weeks ago in the first leg in Barcelona, Madrid emerged from the clash with a 1-1 draw.

Audio report 26/02/2019 - by Andy May Listen

With the away goals rule in operation, it means a 0-0 on Wednesday night will be enough for Santiago Solari's men to advance to the final against Real Betis or Valencia and terminate Barcelona's bid for a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey trophy.

A stalemate on Sunday night in La Liga, though, could effectively end Madrid's hopes of the title.

Barcelona are nine points ahead of Real with 13 games remaining. Time still for Real or Atletico Madrid to rein in Ernesto Valverde's team. But following Barcelona's comeback at Sevilla on Saturday night, confidence will be flowing.

Lionel Messi inspired the side with his 50th hat trick for the Catalans. The Argentine, who has 25 league goals this season, also set up Luis Suarez for his first goal in six games.

An opportune moment for the Uruguayan to rediscover his marksmanship. In the first el clasico of the season on 28 October 2018, Suarez scored three times in the 5-1 annihilation of Madrid at the Camp Nou. Two days later the Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked.

 

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.