By Oyerinde Femi
Barcelona suffered a heavy defeat against Real Madrid as they crashed out of the Copa del Rey.
Real Madrid showed their high-scoring affair against Real Valladolid was not opponent dependent, as they ran riot against Barcelona, beating them 4-0
The Los Blancos suffered a 1-0 defeat at the Bernabeu in the first-leg, but in this game at the Camp Nou, they did more than just overturn the tie; they embarrassed their biggest rivals in front of their own fans, dumped them out the Copa del Rey and advanced to the final
How it happened
Barcelona started effervescently and threatened to continue their good run of results against Real Madrid, but they failed to get the early goal.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side looked threatening in transitions, with Vinicius having more joy against Ronald Araujo than in recent times, but the final ball was lacking.
Barcelona controlled the game, but not overwhelmingly; however, Real Madrid scored the opener just before half-time after a devastating counter-attack finished off by Vinicius.
Real Madrid started the second-half with purpose, buoyed by the late goal in the first, and only five minutes after returning from the break, they made it two. Luka Modric had a great run before releasing Benzema, who finished with aplomb.
Barcelona seemed to have fallen apart, and Madrid looked like they would score every time they attacked. It became three soon enough from the penalty spot in the 58th minute.
Frank Kessie carelessly hacked down Vinicius in the box, and Benzema made no mistake in dispatching the resulting penalty.
The scoreline became more embarrassing for Barcelona in the 80th minute of the game after another devastating counter-attack.
Benzema was at the end of the move for his hat-trick, finishing past a helpless Ter Stegen.
Barcelona’s attempts to stage a comeback were weak, and the Los Blancos looked closer to scoring five or six than Barcelona did by pulling one back.
Real Madrid are in the final and will face Osasuna, who knocked out Athletic Club last night.