Real Madrid v Barcelona: Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg – live!

Monsieur, with these clásicos you are really spoiling us. This is the first of two in four days! It’s all back to the Bernabéu again to meet in La Liga on Saturday. But it is probably fair to say, with Real Madrid trailing Barcelona by nine points in the league, it is in this competition (or perhaps Europe further down the line) that they have the best chance of getting one over their fierce rivals this season.

If Barcelona were perhaps a little disjointed in the first leg, it is because they were without Lionel Messi for about an hour of it. He will be back to pull the strings again this evening and, after scoring a sublime hat-trick against Sevilla at the weekend, he can be expected to be at his bafflingly brilliant best from the off.

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