FC Barcelona eliminated arch-rivals Real Madrid from the 2011/12 Copa del Rey on Wednesday night with a 2-2 draw (4-3 on aggregate).
The Catalans appeared to have matters sealed after going ahead 2-0 (4-1 on aggregate) on goals from Pedro in the 43rd and Dani Alves in first half stoppage time. However, the current Spanish La Liga leaders stormed back with match-tying efforts from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 68th and Karim Benzema three minutes later. However, last years Copa del Rey winners could not find the decisive goal needed to avoid a quarter-final exit in this year’s competition.
FC Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta (Pedro, min.29), Cesc (Thiago, min.70), Messi; Alexis (Mascherano, min.79).
Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Coentrao; Lass (Granero, min.51), Xabi Alonso; Kaká (Callejón, min.61), Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo; Higuaín (Benzema, min.61).
Goals: 1-0, min.43: Pedro. 2-0, min.46+: Alves. 2-1. min.68: Cristiano Ronaldo. 2-2, min.71: Benzema.