Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid have been drawn against arch rivals Barcelona in the semifinals of the Copa Del Rey. The draw was held today (February 1, 2019) at 13.30 CET. Real advanced to the last four after beating Girona in the quarters, and will play a two legged semifinal against the reigning holders. The first leg will be held on 6 February, 2019, with the return taking place three weeks later.
The other semifinal pits Real Betis against Valencia.
The CDR semifinal draw means that Real and Barca will do battle thrice in the space of a month, with the two rivals also set to meet in the league on March 2.
Real Madrid booked their spot in the semifinals of the Kings Cup after a 3-1 win over Girona saw them triumph 7-3 on aggregate in their Copa last eight clash.
Karim Benzema scored a brace for Real at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi, with Marcos Llorente adding a third fifteen minutes from time.
Bale came on as a substitute midway through the second half (67′) for Vinicius Jr, who assisted one of Benzema’s goals on the evening.
Real’s win means that they were the only team hosting the first leg that progressed to the semifinals. The other three- Getafe, Sevilla and Espanyol were eliminated despite either winning or drawing at home in the first leg.
Apart from Real, Valencia, Betis and holders Barcelona have booked their spots in the semis.
Gareth Bale scored his first goal of the New Year just minutes after coming on as a substitute as he helped Real Madrid beat Espanyol 4-2 over the weekend.
Real were leading 3-1 thanks to Karim Benzema’s brace and Sergio Ramos’ 15th minute effort before Bale’s goal sealed victory for Santiago Solari’s side. He scored in the 67th minute after replacing Vinicius Jr in the 64th minute.
Real were put some under pressure towards the end after Raphael Varane was sent off and Espanyol pulled another goal back through Roberto Rosales, but they held on to claim all three points.
It was Bale’s first game for Real after in over three weeks, having missed the fixtures against Sociedad, Betis and Sevilla due to a calf injury.
Gareth Bale suffered a suspected calf injury as he was substituted at half time during Real’s 2-2 midweek draw against Villarreal at El Madrigal. Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla scored twice as the Yellow Submarines held Santiago Solari’s men to a draw.
Bale played the first half, with Real leading 2-1 at the interval thanks to goals from Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema, but was replaced by Isco when the two teams came out after the break.
Real’s next game will be at home to Real Sociedad, while Villarreal will travel to Eibar this weekend.
A 19,903 strong crowd was present to watch Villarreal’s clash against Los Blancos.
Reports in the Spanish press suggest that Real Madrid are expected to offer Chelsea both Isco and Mateo Kovacic in exchange for Blues playmaker Eden Hazard. The Belgian star, whose contract at Stamford Bridge is till the end of the 2019/20 season, has made no secret of his admiration for Los Blancos, and Real feel a deal could be worked out by sending Isco and Kovacic to London.
The 24 year old Kovacic is already at Chelsea currently, on loan from Real, and has been getting regular first team football under new manager Maurizio Sarri. The Croatian international appears to be happy at the Bridge and there have already been suggestions that he is keen to make his stay a permanent one. Continue reading