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Real Madrid Vs. Barcelona, Copa Del Rey 2013: El Clásico Revisited

Varane single-handedly allowed Real Madrid to escape with a 1-1 draw that might turn out to be a positive result. The French player kept Messi out of the game and scored Madrid's equalizer.

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Copa del Rey: Scouting FC Barcelona

Madrid will play Barcelona twice this week. With selection problems and a Champions League campaign unexpectedly on the brink, Barcelona can be expected to bring David Villa back to the fore.

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Press Review After El Clásico

After a stunning performance in his El Clásico debut, Real Madrid's teenage centre-back is the centre of attention.

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Varane Is The Real Deal

After a lucky rebound soon in the second half, Barcelona found themselves 0-1 ahead in the scoreboard thanks to a clinical definition by Fàbregas. It was Varane the man who kept Messi out of the game, but the French player also equalized with a brilliant header and allowed Real Madrid to walk away with a positive result considering suspensions and injuries.

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Match Thread: The Classic Battle

Mourinho and Tito Vilanova have released their official lineups for tonight's (21:00 CET) first leg of the Copa del Rey. Real Madrid will play under Diego López's protection and with Essien, Varane, Carvalho and Arbeloa in the defensive line. Ronaldo, Callejón, Özil and Benzema will try to break Barcelona's defense down and score some goals before the tie heads to the Camp Nou.

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Visitors & Plenty To Say Before El Clásico

Mahamadou Diarra, now of Fulham FC, and club-legend Roberto Carlos visited Madrid today in a busy afternoon for media appearances before the Clásico tomorrow at the Santiago Bernabéu. Karim Benzema gave a press conference and Mesut Özil spoke with the sponsors while finding himself and Ronaldo featured in extensive press commentary in the build-up.



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Scouting Barcelona (UPDATED)

Quite a few things have changed for FC Barcelona, so we've decided to make another scouting report to the one we offered you a couple of months. Jordi Alba is having a relevant role, and so is Adriano, given Dani Alves' sloppy play this season. Busquets is playing great, and former Arsenal player Alex Song isn't playing much since he showed how bad he is in the center back position.

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