[BARCELONA-REAL MADRID] Everything went as expected in the fourth meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid in the last month. Barca advanced to the final of the UEFA Champions League, and Real Madrid went out claiming it was cheated.
The second leg at the Camp Nou ended in a 1-1 tie, giving the host team a 3-1 win on aggregate.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, ejected in the first leg, wasn't around to complain about the refereeing. But star Cristiano Ronaldo carried the torch, going on about how the Merengues couldn't get a break and the Barca players were cheaters.
"The name of this match for us was 'mission impossible four," said Ronaldo. "This is nothing new; we knew that if we scored one everything would change. [Gonzalo] Higuain scored and it was legal."
Higuain scored in the 47th minute, but the goal was denied by the Belgian referee, Frank de Bleeckere for a foul by Ronaldo on Barca midfielder Javier Mascherano in the buildup.
"He [Mascherano] did not learn that at Liverpool," Ronaldo said of the Argentine whom Ronaldo faced when he was playing for Manchester United in the EPL. "He learned all his cheating tricks at Barcelona. I have never seen him do that once at Liverpool. They ruled out a goal that could have changed the series, but we knew that would happen."
Minutes later, Andres Iniesta fed Pedro and Barca was ahead by three goals on aggregate.
Real then evened the second leg 10 minutes later when Angel Di Maria hit the post and fed Brazilian Marcelo with the rebound to score.
Two more goals would have given Real Madrid an improbable comeback win, but it rarely could keep the ball away from Barcelona long enough to threaten.
Despite Ronaldo's protests, Tuesday's game at the Camp Nou was the most free-flowing of the four Clasicos and the most entertaining.