Barcelona Set El Classico Final With Real

Barcelona set up an El Clasico final in the Copa del Rey despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Real Sociedad in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday.
Barça held a 2-0 lead from the first leg and never looked in real trouble of giving that up as they moved into a final against Real Madrid who beat city rivals Atletico on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi scored the only goal for the visitors with Antoine Griezmann grabbing an equaliser with three minutes to go.
Barça made by far the brighter start and Dani Alves created the first chance as he flashed a cross across the six-yard box but no Barcelona boot could get on the end of it.
The Catalans nearly had the lead after 15 minutes as some good work from Andres Iniesta saw a teasing cross heading towards Messi at the back post, but Jose Angel managed to hook away the danger.
Sociedad were clearly trying to frustrate Barça but Gerardo Martino’s men were the only side that looked like scoring and Xavi brought a save from Enaut Zubikarai with a stinging shot from 25 yards.
Martino was happy to have reached his first major final since taking charge at the start of the season, but said it was far too early to judge who will be favourites to lift the trophy come April.
“There were three objectives this year and we have managed to make the final in one of them. Now we have to try and win it, but we have complied with the demands until now”, he said.


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