Copa Del Rey 2012: What Must Real Madrid Do to Beat Barcelona?

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Copa Del Rey 2012: What Must Real Madrid Do to Beat Barcelona?
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In the first Clásico of 2012, Real Madrid suffered defeat once again. Los Blancos took an early lead, but lost 2-1 to fierce rivals Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.

Although Cristiano Ronaldo silenced his critics by scoring the opening goal of the match, goals from Carles Puyol and Éric Abidal gave the reigning European champions the one-goal advantage heading into the second leg next Wednesday.

Los Blancos played well and executed their strategy, but Real Madrid manager José Mourinho will be frustrated that the team did not earn a positive result.

Real Madrid have been dominant in Spain and Europe this season. However, they continue to struggle in El Clásico.

Wednesday's defeat at the Santiago Bernabéu has left people with one question: What must Real Madrid do to beat Barcelona?

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