Half-Time Report: Cristiano Ronaldo penalty puts Real Madrid ahead at Barcelona

Half-Time Report: Ronaldo penalty puts Madrid ahead in Clasico
© AP Photos
Cristiano Ronaldo scores from the spot to put Real Madrid 1-0 ahead against Barcelona in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his sixth consecutive game at the Camp Nou to put Real Madrid a goal ahead against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final this evening.

The visitors now lead the two-legged tie 2-1 on aggregate and are on course to meet either Sevilla or Atletico Madrid in the final.

Early on tonight it was Barcelona who threatened and Lionel Messi dragged a right-footed shot just wide from a tight angle inside 90 seconds.

Madrid had the opportunity to take a shock lead in the 13th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo just had Gerard Pique to beat and did a pair of stepovers to put the Spaniard off-balance before sprinting past him and tumbling under his sliding challenge.

The Real number seven picked himself up and sent Jose Manuel Pinto the wrong way to put Los Blancos in front.

Barca responded and wanted a penalty of their own moments later when Cesc Fabregas crumbled under the pressure of Alvaro Arbeloa. Referee Alberto Undiano waved away the appeals however.

Ronaldo then stung the palms of Pinto with a long-range shot before, at the other end, Andres Iniesta's effort from a similar distance flew wide.

As half time approached, Barca again were fuming with Undiano when Ramos appeared to barge Pedro off the ball inside the box but no penalty was awarded.

Alvaro Arbeloa saw yellow for a lunge on Iniesta and from the resulting free kick Messi fizzed a curling effort around the wall but inches wide of the post.

Away goals do count in the Copa del Rey so if Madrid net another then Barca will require three.

Messi is congratulated by teammates after his early Copa Del Rey strike against Cordoba on December 12, 2012
Read Next:
Result: Barcelona set up Real semi-final
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1916305294351
2Atletico MadridAtletico1912612882042
3Valencia19124340192140
4Real Madrid1895432171532
5Villarreal199462621531
6Sevilla199282328-529
7Real Betis198383336-327
8EibarEibar198382431-727
9Getafe197572318526
10GironaGirona197572828026
11Celta Vigo197483327625
12Athletic Bilbao196762019125
13Leganes187381517-224
14Espanyol196671521-624
15Real Sociedad196583334-123
16Levante193971526-1118
17AlavesAlaves1960131427-1318
18Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo1944112137-1616
19Malaga1932141333-2011
20Las PalmasLas Palmas1932141446-3211
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account