Pictures: Valencia v Real Madrid – Copa Del Rey QF II (Jan 23, 2013)

Los Blancos 9 men held a 1-1 Draw with Valencia at Mestalla,Valencia… and securing their place in Semi Final of King’s Cup on Agg: 3-1. Real Madrid won first leg at Bernabeu with 2-0. Real Madrid also completed the Trilogy of games with Valencia.

Barcelona will play Malaga today, Malaga scored twice at camp nou to held a 2-2 Draw with Barca in first leg. The Winner of the match on Agg. will decide real madrid’s opponent in Semi final.

Fortsätt läsa Pictures: Valencia v Real Madrid – Copa Del Rey QF II (Jan 23, 2013)

Real Madrid reach Copa Del Rey’s semi-final

Real Madrid progressed to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey despite having two men red-carded and goalkeeper Iker Casillas forced off by injury in a 1-1 draw against Valencia tonight.

Jose Mourinho’s side thumped Los Che 5-0 at the Mestalla at the weekend in the league and while there was plenty of action again tonight, it was for different reasons.

Casillas’ finger injury on 18 minutes, after he appeared to suffer a kick to his hand, began a memorable night in which the result was all but confirmed by Karim Benzema’s 44th-minute goal.

That gave Madrid a 3-0 advantage in the tie although they made life hard for themselves after the break.

Fabio Coentrao saw red on 51 minutes and moments later Tino Costa pulled back a goal.

It proved only consolation, however, as the hosts failed to made any further inroads before Angel Di Maria saw red two minutes from the end.

 

I am staying at Real, insists Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has ruled out a return to the Premier League this summer by insisting he will see out the remaining two years of his Real Madrid contract, despite claiming that ”anxiety” is inescapable at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo, who signed for Real in a world record 80 million-pound transfer from Manchester United in June 2009, is set to face his former team for the first time since leaving Old Trafford when the two clubs meet in the Champions League next month.

With Ronaldo expressing his unhappiness in Madrid earlier this season, rumours of a return to United have been aired in Manchester, despite the obvious obstacles of a potential transfer fee and wages. But the 27 year-old insists he will honour his contract at Real and then decide his next move in 2015. ”I want to see out my contract at Real Madrid,” Ronaldo said. ”I’m very clear about that. After that, well, I don’t know what’ll happen in the future.

”I think there’s more pressure at Madrid than at United. I’ve been here for 31/2 years now and I think that’s the case because everyone involved is totally focused on winning the club’s 10th European Cup. That creates a certain amount of anxiety, which can be felt at all times.

”Every Madridista wants that 10th European Cup – we’re more than aware of that. Last season we fell just short, which was very frustrating, but fortunately we’ve got the opportunity to set the record straight this year, though the fact we face Manchester United next makes it more difficult.”

United go into next month’s last 16 tie having failed to defeat Real over two legs since a European Cup semi-final victory in 1967-68. Real have won the two Champions League encounters since, but while Jose Mourinho’s team have been installed as favourites to beat United and progress to the quarter-finals, Ronaldo insists that the tie is too close to call. ”It’s not going to be easy and I reckon the odds are about 50-50, but I’m still very confident,” Ronaldo said to Fifa.com.

”No team is unbeatable, but when we’re at our best we’re a really good side. Manchester United have started the English championship race very well and are a long way ahead of the rest, but still, if we play the way we’re capable of, we can beat them. To do that we need to pull together and play as a team, like we’ve done in so many matches before,” he added.

 

The world’s press bows to Cristiano Ronaldo

The Real Madrid forward’s performance, scoring three goals and making an assist against Celta, is reported in the digital versions of the major sports dailies

Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance against Celta at the Bernabeu has crossed borders. The Portuguese’s three goals and his assist for Khedira for the fourth have been praised in the digital versions of the world’s major sports daily. France, Argentina, Italy, Germany, England, Portugal and of course Spain have bowed to the Portuguese. ”Ronaldo’s magic leads Real Madrid to victory”, ”Ronaldo unleashed against Celta”, ”Ronaldo puts on an exhibition in the win against Celta” and ”How great you are Cristiano!” are some of the headlines that highlight the excellent job he did.

 

L’Equipe: ”Ronaldo’s magic leads Real Madrid to victory”

The web version of this prestigious French newspaper has its match report accompanied by a photo of the Portuguese footballer. Inside the text reads: ”Ronaldo’s magic leads Real Madrid to victory. The Portuguese player was the architect of their passage through to the next round, getting a hat trick (3′, 24′ and 87′).”

A Bola: ”Ronaldo put on an exhibition in the thrashing of Celta”

In Portugal, they were quick to echo the splendid performance of their compatriot. With phrases like ”Ronaldo scores a masterful goal” and ”the Portuguese put on an exhibition in Real Madrid’s thrashing at home to Celta Vigo, which helped them to seal a spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey” highlight the forward’s good match in the Bernabeu.

O Jogo: ”How great you are Cristiano!”


O Jogo is even more direct. ”How great you are Cristiano!”, it says on the front page. In the body of the story it explains why its headline is so brazen: ”A hat-trick and an assist for a Real Madrid that progress in the Copa del Rey”.

Olé: ”With a brilliant Ronaldo, Real Madrid came from behind in the tie against Celta”

The Argentine newspaper’s website also tips its hat to the Portuguese’s ”brilliant”performance: ”With a brilliant Ronaldo, Real Madrid came from behind in the tie against Celta and go through to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. It was a 4-0 win with a hat-trick and an assist for the fourth from the Portuguese”.

La Gazzetta dello Sport: ”Ronaldo unleashed against Celta”

Italy is another country that refers to the Portuguese’s masterful performance. ”Ronaldo unleashed against Celtic. The Whites go straight through to the quarterfinals of the cup after the big 4-0 marked by a great Cristiano Ronaldo”, can be read on the transalpine newspaper’s website.

Bild: ”Ronaldo puts Real Madrid into the quarterfinals of the cup”

The German sports daily was clear and concise. ”Ronaldo puts Real Madrid into the quarterfinals of the cup”, is the headline on its web version.

ESPN: ”Ronaldo got Real Madrid back into the cup tie and led the comeback with a great performance”

The Portuguese is highlighted on the sports website: ”With a great performance and three goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid won 4-0 against Celta, they are still in the cup and through to the quarters, in which they face Valencia”.

As: ”Cristiano is made of gold”

The photo of Portuguese celebrating one of his three goals against Celta dominates the front page of the digital version the national sports daily. ”With two minutes left Cristiano Ronaldo reminded Celta that you should only rotate if you have the bench to do so. The Portuguese turned the tie around by himself with the first ball that he touched. Then he did nothing more than embellish the result,” can be read in the match report.

Marca: ”Ronaldo is a player from another dimension and has started the year firing on all cylinders”

A snapshot of Portuguese adorns the front page of the sports daily’s website. The article is very explicit and sums up perfectly his good job at the Santiago Bernabeu against Celta:”There is no debate about Cristiano Ronaldo. He is on top form and is a player from another dimension that has started the year firing on all cylinders. The Portuguese had a great match and put Real Madrid into the quarters with three goals”.