Published: Fri, February 01, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Real Madrid to face Valencia, Barcelona or Betis in the semi-finals

Real Madrid to face Valencia, Barcelona or Betis in the semi-finals

This means that there will be two El Clasico's played in a four-day period - on February 27 and March 2 - as they meet in round 26 of the LaLiga.

Real Madrid extended their 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions with a 3-1 win over Girona on Thursday to progress to the semifinals 7-3 on aggregate.

They joined Barca in the hat for the last four, with the Catalans having overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to thrash Sevilla 6-1 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday in a game that was capped by a wondrous team goal.

"We are delighted with him for how he manages the squad and that is important because there are times when it is not easy to live with so many players of that level and that everyone is happy".

Manager Ernesto Valverde had seemingly hoped to hold Messi back and keep him fresh for La Liga - where Barca now hold a five-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid - and the Champions League.

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And afterwards, one young boy couldn't help but beam up at the Duchess as he sat on the floor while she spoke with him. The mom-to-be wore her hair in a neat updo, opting for her signature nude lip and smokey eye makeup look.

Suarez said: "We are all very happy, [Valverde] has a lot of confidence in the players, there is confidence that they speak in game situations and he is willing to listen to the players".

Real Betis will play Valencia in the other semi-final.

Betis have added motivation in this year's competition after their own stadium, the Benito Villamarin, was confirmed as the venue for the final on May 25.

Barcelona face Valencia at home on Saturday at Lionel Messi looks to score for his eighth league fixture in a row.

In the Champions League he was the great surprise in the starting eleven for Barcelona's best performance in the group stages against Tottenham at Wembley - a game which the Blaugrana won 4-2.

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