[EL CLASICO, ACT 5] Barcelona was cruising along in the second leg of their Copa del Rey series with Real Madrid, leading 2-0 and 4-1 on aggregate, so Barca
fans started to sing, "We love you Mourinho, please stay," in reference to reports that Coach Jose Mourinho might leave Real Madrid, win or lose, at the end of
La Liga season. Then things got tense ...
Two goals had Real Madrid on the verge of making an epic comeback. In the end, Barcelona went through, but Real Madrid -- with a five-point lead in La Liga -- was the moral victor.
Goals by Pedro -- set up brilliantly by Lionel Messi -- and Daniel Alves put Barca ahead 2-0 on the night but Real came back on goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema to make the final score, 2-2.
It was another charged game with one Real Madrid player sent off -- Sergio Ramos late in the game -- and eight yellow cards handed out -- eight to Real Madrid players.
As is the pattern, the Real side cried foul:
-- Mourinho: "In the locker room I heard [some players] say it was impossible to win. I heard that in my dressing room but I didn't say that.''
-- Real Madrid goalie Iker Casillas, its captain, quoted as saying: "[Referee], now you can go party with Barca."
-- And from Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa, "We were much better than Barcelona, we had a lot of opportunities but the referee lost it in the little details. We would have preferred if the cards had been more evenly distributed.''