Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Barca-Real Madrid semi all but assured
by Paul Kennedy, April 6th, 2011 8:04PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  spain, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says it was the draw he did not wish for, but Barcelona's 5-1 win over Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday makes it almost certain that Barcelona will face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semifinals -- on top of games in La Liga and the Copa del Rey -- over the space of 17 days.

Here would be the dates:

April 17: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in Madrid, La Liga
April 20: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in Valencia, Copa del Rey final
April 26-27: UEFA Champions League semifinals, first leg
May 3-4: UEFA Champions League semifinals, second leg

Barcelona's win came a day after Real Madrid also won by four goals with a 4-0 victory over Tottenham.

The Catalan team needed only a minute to get on the board when Lionel Messi fed Andres Iniesta for the opening goal.

Daniel Alves made it 2-0 in the 34th minute, and Barca added goals by Gerard Pique, Seydou Keita and Xavi in the second half.

Yaroslav Rakitskiy's goal for Shakhtar doesn't figure to make a difference in the outcome of the series, but Guardiola is taking no chances.

"The result is what it is, but Shakhtar are led by an experienced coach [Mircea Lucescu] and I am still afraid," the Barca coach said. "We have to play in Donetsk first and then we will think about Real Madrid.”



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
The Good, the Bad and -- holiday greeting cards    
Europe in a nutshell: A goal of the month volley from Italy, a dive of the ...
Gall and Gooch lead U.S. U-20s past Honduras    
The U.S. under-20 national team wrapped up its trip to San Pedro Sula with a second ...
Brazil captures women's tourney ahead of USA    
Brazil won the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia when it tied the USA, 0-0, before 11,000 fans ...
Diego Lopez returns to Rapids as director of soccer    
Claudio Lopez, who played for Argentina in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, has returned to ...
What They're Saying: Tim Howard    
"I think the MLS have probably made their own problem. New York is owned by Manchester ...
Video Pick: A keeper gaffe for the ages     
The record will show that Lierse defender Arjan Swinkels scored an own goal in Saturday's 6-0 ...
U.S. Abroad: Weekend Hot (and Cold) List    
Brad Guzan made eight saves as 10-man Aston Villa earned a 1-1 tie with Manchester United. ...
Three takeaways from Liverpool-Arsenal    
Energetic attacking and sloppy defending in their 2-2 tie Sunday illustrated why Arsenal and Liverpool are ...
Three takeaways from Club World Cup    
Real Madrid's winning streak is now 22 games following its 2-0 win over San Lorenzo of ...
U.S. U-18s split two-game series with Germany    
The U.S. under-18 men's national team dropped a 3-2 decision to Germany's U-18s to finish with ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives