Barcelona edges Madrid in 1st leg of Copa del Rey semifinals

Madrid, March 3 (BNA): Barcelona won their first battle against rivals Real Madrid.

The Catalans won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final – the first of three matches between the Spanish powers in the next few weeks.

Barcelona secured victory with an own goal from Madrid defender Eder Militao in the first half, according to the Associated Press.

The opponents will also meet in La Liga on March 19 in Barcelona and in the second leg of the Cup semi-final on April 5.

Osasuna beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 at home on Wednesday in the first leg of the other semi-final.

It was a close match at the Bernabéu, with teams struggling to create great scoring chances. Real Madrid controlled possession but could not break through the Barcelona defence, and the match ended without any shots on goal.


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