BCN
RMD
90+3'
Bale runs the ball into he corner from the halfway line, and wins a throw on the right. That's it, full time. What a goal from Bale to win the Copa del Rey!
90+2'
There are three minutes of added time. There's just one more to come after this. Real head the ball away. Casemiro replaces Isco.
90'
The ball is slid forward to Neymar, all he has to do is beat Casillas, but he toes the ball against the post!
Real Madrid Substitution
Real Madrid Substitution
89'
 
Bartra is off for Alexis, and Illarra is on for Di Maria.
87'
Benzema has space inside the box, and slams a shot into the keeper.
Barcelona Substitution
Real Madrid Substitution
85'
 
GOAL! Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid. Oh my. Bale speeds down the left, and knocks the ball past Bartra. Bartra shoves him out past the byline, and so Bartra has about seven yards advantage on Bale. No matter. Bale runs all the way arond Bartra, chomping up the yards, drives towards goal from the byline, under the attention from Bartra and dinks the ball underneath Pinto. What a goal.
84'
After 500 passes around the box, Messi's cross is headed away.
82'
Pepe goes in with a thunderous challenge on Pedro in the box, and eventually gets a part of his leg on the ball. The ball is out for a corner, which is cleared for another.
81'
Modric has some room outside the box, and fires a shot off the post. So close, but Pinto might have had it covered.
80'
Both teams run up to the other end, and then lose the ball.
78'
Ramos kicks out at Pedro, I think. He really is a bore. He's not punished. Now a Real forward takes a dive on the edge of the Barca box.
77'
Iniesta finds Alves, whose cross comes to Adriano, who is forced away. Neymar finds Busquets but his pass is terrible.
75'
Alves slices a shot miles wide from distance.
73'
Carvajal is down receiving treatment after a clash of heads with Pepe.
72'
Bale steams down the left and he sends a fierce shot straight at Pinto. He could have passed, or shot into the ar post. Marcelo and Ronaldo look miffed in the stands.
71'
Twenty minutes left, and for the sake of my train home I need a result soon.
68'
 
GOAL! Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid. Bartra scores. A corner from the left, and Bartra sends a Vidic-esque header to the back post. He was unmarked, and there were hardly any Barca players in the box. A disgrace, but a great header.
67'
Disallowed goal - Bale heads into an empty net, but he's offside.
66'
The corner is cleared, and Alves' cross from the right is claimed by Casillas easily enough. At the other end Benzema squeezes a shot towards the near post and Pinto saves smartly.
65'
Bartra sends a swirling long-range shot towards goal, but Casillas beats it away for a corner on the right.
64'
Pedro hacks at Coentrao, now.
63'
Another corner for Real, now. Modric will take again, and Ramos takes a pathetic dive. This is quite tedious.
62'
Modric takes the corner, curling away from goal. Benzema sends a fierce header goalwards but it's straight at Pinto.
61'
 
Pedro replaces Cesc. "Cesc". Carvajal's cross is headed behind for a Real corner on the right.
Barcelona Substitution
60'
Messi slides the ball to Fabregas, but Di Maria is back to tackle at the last minute. He's been superb so far.
58'
Fabregas dives, Ramos picks him up.
57'
More Barca pressure, more adequate Real defence.
56'
Iniesta tries to wriggle through into the box but Real intercept. Madrid are sitting deep, forcing Alves to cross from the right, and the ball dribbles out of play on the other side of the pitch.
54'
Busquets heads the ball out of the box, straight to Bale, and he lashes a volley just over.
53'
 
Pepe is tackled and breaks forward. He's cleaned out by Mascherano, who is booked, and Pepe puts on a ridiculous performance, appearing on the verge of death.
52'
Nothing has happened.
50'
Messi's free kick is high and wide. He's got a right face on.
49'
Bale sidesteps two Barcelona defenders and tries to flick the ball inside the near post, but it hits the side netting. Pepe brings down Messi outside the area with a tough challenge.
48'
Madrid are sitting off Barcelona, and they're waiting for Barcelona to actually have a shot. It might be some time.
46'
Adriano replaces Alba. We start the second half.
Barcelona Substitution
45'
Benzema flashes a shot wide of goal, and that's half-time. See you in 15 minutes.
44'
Pepe is tackled in midfield and considers pulling Fabregas to the ground, but thinks bette rof it and intercepts a moment later. Real have had just 32% of the ball, but win a foul in midfield after Mascherano lunges in on Benzema from behind.
43'
Messi is crowded out by Coentrao and Ramos. He wants a penalty. It isn't a penalty.
42'
Iniesta tries to dance past Pepe, but he's fairly obstructed. Real fail to clear and the ball rolls back out to to Messi, lurking, but he drags his shot just wide.
41'
Alba, Busquets and Xavi surround the referee to maintain Project Dignity.
40'
Nope, it's Xavi, and his curled cross is headed away. Di Maria tries to break down the right wing, but he runs the ball out of play.
39'
Carvajal sends Alves' cross behind on the left. Iniesta will take a short corner, it seems.
38'
Stunning photography.
37'
Fabregas toes a loose ball across the box that Alves crosses back into the box, but Real win it back and Benzema breaks down the right, but sells Bale just short with his pass.
36'
Isco finds Bale on the left, who skins the right back and pulls the ball back for Isco. He takes a shot inside the box, but Alba slides across to rescue the situation by blocking.
35'
Messi cuts in from the right wing and sends in a low shot that rolls towards Casillas. Messi has been nowhere tonight.
33'
Di Maria hits a ball over the top for Benzema to chase, but Pinto clears up the attack.
32'
Real head Iniesta's chipped pass away and start an attack from midfield, spreading the ball right.
31'
There's something that would be quite sad about the decline of Barcelona, if they hadn't spent the last five years hurling themselves to the ground under the slightest touch.
30'
Alba pulls the ball back to Iniesta on the edge of the box, and Modric is across to cover well to block his shot.
29'
The corner is headed away and Barcelona win a free kick on the right wing. Now Mascherano is being told off very firmly by the referee. Grown adults. Coentrao is down injured on the right wing.
28'
Real Madrid win a corner on the left wing.
27'
...which ends with Neymar laying the ball back for Iniesta to sky his shot. Casillas sends the goal kick long.
26'
Barcelona are keeping possession now...
24'
Di Maria and Benzema exchange two firmly struck passes to get through to the centre of the pitch, but di Maria is firmly tackled outside the box and Barca come forward.
23'
Alba has Barca's best chance. A cross from h right from Alves, and Alba gets in at the back post, but he heads straight into the arms of Casillas.
21'
Iniesta finds Fabregas with a great pass down the left of the box, and Fabregas sends a ball across to the back post, just out of reach of Neymar, while Messi was waiting for the cut-back.
20'
Carvajal brings down a crossfield pass, and Real play the ball between defence and midfield and then find Bale, who runs diagonally forward (neither vertical nor horizontal, or is it both at the same time?) and lays the ball back for Di Maria to shoot limply.
17'
 
There's a fight now, but a typical fight between Barca and Real. You'll understand that means nobody actually hits anyone. Coentrao claims Neymar dives, Neymar sticks his face into his, and so Coentrao sticks his finger into Neymar's mouth. Neymar and Pepe are booked.
15'
Di Maria takes an easy tumble now, and the referee ingores it. Barcelona come forward, and Alves' cross from the right is headed away.
13'
Casillas collects the ball and humps it to the left wing, and Barcelona quickly win it back.
12'
Will Martino be sacked at half-time? I reckon definitely, yes.
10'
 
GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona. Di Maria scores. Barca attempt to Barca the ball about, but Real counter attack, Benzema plays an excellent ball forward for Di Maria's run, breaking the offside trap (or possibly not) and smashing a shot underneath Pinto and over the line.
9'
Iniesta comes in behind on Carvajal on the right wing, and Real take the free kick and attack down the right wing.
8'
Iniesta dives with a ludicrous performance on the halfway line.
7'
Benzema has a pass deflected and it still runs to Bale. He takes a turn to make space just inside the box and his shot is deflected just wide by Mascherano. The corner comes to nothing, and Real have a throw on the left wing.
5'
A high ball is aimed over the top for Messi, but he can't get to the ball. At the other end, Bale runs onto a through ball and slides his shot wide of goal.
4'
Carvajal slides in on Alba as he drove to the byline in the box, but gets a touch on the ball.
3'
 
Isco bundles Neymar to the ground. He's booked. Pop quiz: do you know what happens when a player receives two yellow cards in the same match? Tell me on Twitter at @lxndrnthrtn.
2'
Real have dominated the early stages of the match. Barcelona have the ball now, though.
1'
We've kicked off. And I already miss Pep 'Pep' Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
20:20
Is there a manager better at choosing jobs than Carlo Ancelotti? He appears to try for the period he is paid for, but beyond that does not give one solitary [redacted] if he's sacked. He's happy to move on to the next job. Real, PSG, Chelsea and Milan were his last four jobs, and he's not let anyone down, nor done something amazing. And yet he's still getting the jobs, and the cash. Well done, Carlo.
20:15
Real Madrid are missing Ronaldo, the better version of Superman, but they have Bale and Benzema. That will be enough to score, you imagine, but with Pepe and Ramos, they are just a loss of tempere away from a penalty and/or a red card.
20:10
Barcelona are still suffering at the back. Pique is not on the bench, and Puyol is. That means that in central defence they have Bartra and Mascherano, who is out of form, and then in goal they have Pinto. The lovely Pinto, with, I hope, no more dreadlocks.
20:05
Here is Johan Cruyff, father of the famous Jordi, on the troubles at Barcelona: “This is not my sort of Barca. Martino does what he can but it’s hard when they don’t let you work. For the last four years, Barcelona’s coaches have not been in charge.”
20:00
TEAMS: Real Madrid: Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão, Benzema, Bale, Xabi Alonso, Carvajal, Modric, Di María, Isco. Subs: Diego López, Varane, Casemiro, Nacho, Morata, Illarra, Willian José. /// Barcelona: Pinto, Alves, Mascherano, Bartra, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar, Messi, Fàbregas. Subs: Oier, Puyol, Adriano, Song, Sergi Roberto, Pedro, Alexis.
19:55
You can read a preview of the game by the excellent Andy Mitten here.
Barcelona desperate to dispel despondency with ‘El Clasico’ win

Having seen their season fall apart in the space of four days, Andy Mitten writes that the Copa del Rey ‘El Clasico’ final is Barcelona’s last chance to salvage their season. Continue reading →

19:50
This game is possibly, and I'll be careful to avoid hyperbole, possibly the biggest thing to ever happen to football, Spain, and indeed humanity, ever. This is bigger than the Big Bang. This is the Biggest Bang. Is it any coincidence that Saturn is giving birth to a new moon? I think we all know the answer to that.
19.45
Welcome to live coverage from the Copa del Rey Cup final from the Mestalla where FC Barcelona face Real Madrid.

Starting Line-ups

Barcelona
Real Madrid
    • 13
      Pinto
    • 18
      Alba
    • 14
      Mascherano
    • 15
      Bartra
    • 22
      Dani Alves
    • Fàbregas
    • 5
      Busquets
    • 6
      Xavi
    • 8
      Iniesta
    • 10
      Messi
    • 11
      Neymar
Team Manager:  Luis Enrique
    • Di María
    • 9
      Benzema
    • 11
      Bale
    • 19
      Modric
    • Alonso
    • 23
      Isco
    • 15
      Carvajal
    • 3
      Pepe
    • 4
      Ramos
    • 5
      Fábio Coentrão
    • 1
      Casillas
Team Manager:  Carlo Ancelotti
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Pinto 0 5 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. Mascherano 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 90
Dani Alves 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
M. Bartra 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 87
J. Alba 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 45
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Xavi 0 1 0 100 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 90
S. Busquets 0 0 0 75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
C. Fàbregas 0 0 0 58 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 60
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Iniesta 0 0 0 75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
L. Messi 0 0 0 47 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 90
Neymar 0 0 0 52 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 90
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
I. Casillas 0 3 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Pepe 0 0 0 2 9 0 1 1 1 0 0 90
S. Ramos 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Fábio Coentrão 0 1 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
D. Carvajal 0 0 0 4 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
X. Alonso 0 0 0 38 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 90
L. Modric 0 0 0 39 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 90
Isco 0 0 0 36 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 89
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. Bale 1 0 2 19 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
K. Benzema 0 1 3 24 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 89
Á. Di María 1 0 2 30 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 86
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