Barcelona edges Madrid in 1st leg of Copa del Rey semifinals

Madrid, Mar.3 (BNA): Barcelona triumphed in the first battle against rival Real Madrid.

The Catalan club won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals— the first of three matches between the Spanish powerhouses in the next few weeks.

Barcelona took the victory with an own-goal by Madrid defender Éder Militão in the first half, reports AP.

The rivals will also meet in the Spanish league on March 19 in Barcelona and in the return leg of the Copa semifinals on April 5.

Osasuna defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 at home on Wednesday in the first leg of the other semifinal.

It was an even match at the Bernabéu, with the teams struggling to create significant scoring opportunities. Madrid controlled possession but couldn’t break through the Barcelona defense, ending the match without any shots on target.



Source: Bahrain News Agency

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