Barcelona humbled as Ronaldo scores twice for Real Madrid

Feb 27, 2013
Bill Mann

Now we're coming to get Manchester United in the Champions League, say Ronaldo and Mourinho

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Barcelona humbled as Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice for Real Madrid

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 3 (Real win 4-2 on aggregate). Barcelona suffered one of the most humiliating nights in their history as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Real Madrid yesterday.

Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a header from Raphael Varane took Real into the final of the Copa del Rey after the first leg at the Bernabeu had finished one apiece. Ronaldo later described the victory as "perfect" and promised Real fans that the club would now focus on beating Manchester United in the Champions League.

"We'll try to win everything as usual," said the Portuguese striker, whose side will meet either Sevilla or Atletico Madrid in the final on 18 May. "All players have been perfect, and this gives us confidence for the Champions [League]."

Ronaldo opened the scoring for the visitors from the penalty spot after he had been brought down in the box by Gerard Pique, and he then doubled the advantage when he fired home after Angel di Maria's initial shot had been parried by Jose Pinto.

The 19-year-old Varane sent the travelling fans into heaven with his header from Mesut Ozil's corner on 68 minutes, and though Jordi Alba found the net for the hosts in the dying minutes it was too little, too late for the Barcelona fans, some of whom let off flares in the stands to signal their displeasure.

In contrast to Ronaldo's virtuoso display, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi endured another miserable night, similar to the one he experienced last week when the Catalan club lost 2-0 to AC Milan in the Champions League.

Going into the game in search of his 50th goal of the season, Messi was off-target on several occasions and by the end of the night was a mere bystander to the brilliance of his rival from Real.

Ronaldo's brace of goals marked the seventh successive El Clasico in which he had scored but he said later the club mustn't get carried away: "Today we have to enjoy the victory, it's important for our fans and us... but we have to keep playing well."

Among the capacity crowd in the Camp Nou was Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, whose side hosts Real Madrid next week in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. They are one apiece after the first leg and Real manager Jose Mourinho had a message for United last night: "We are coming for you."

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