Barcelona to meet Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semi-finals

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The first legs will be played on either February 6 or 7 - with Real hosting Barca first - with the following leg on either the 27th or 28th of the month.

Barcelona is trying to win a record fifth straight Copa del Rey title.

The first leg will be on Wednesday in Barcelona, with the return match in Madrid on February 27, just before their Spanish league game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on March 3.

Real Madrid is starting to shine and it can be for the best and at the right time, the season is still long and the team is fighting on three fronts.

Real Betis will take on Valencia in the other game.

Barcelona are 10 points clear of Madrid in La Liga and will be favourites to progress but their opponents have found form in recent weeks, winning six of their last seven matches. As excited as I am about these three games, they could be the turning point for both Barcelona and Real Madrid's rest of the season.

Real Madrid's club director Emilio Butragueno said after the draw: "Madrid against Barcelona is one of the best matches that can be seen all over the world today".

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"He's hugely important for us, we've always defended him because we know what a great player he is", he said.

They joined Barca in the hat for the last four, with the Catalans having overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to thrash Sevilla 6-1 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday in a game that was capped by a wondrous team goal.

And as the fate would have it, the Spanish giants will face each other in the semi-final of Copa Del Rey.

Since then, Barcelona have won the competition in 4 consecutive seasons, while Los Blancos are in the last four for the first time since 2013-14 final.

The draw for the semis will be held on Friday at Betis' Benito Villamarin stadium, where this year's final will be played.

The Whites' potential opposition for this round are Valencia, Betis and Barcelona.

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