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El Clasico in Numbers: Reviewing Barca's 1-3 Cup Loss to Real Madrid

Kieran SobelsFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2016

El Clasico in Numbers: Reviewing Barca's 1-3 Cup Loss to Real Madrid

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    Real Madrid have ended their eternal rivals' hopes of another treble, following an impressive 3-1 victory over Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

    A stunning brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and yet another thumping header from French starlet Raphael Varane sent Los Blancos through to the Copa Del Rey final 4-2 on aggregate.

    Statistics often reveal little of a game, but the numbers were telling at the Camp Nou. Barca lacked punch again, while Madrid were ruthlessly effective.

    Let's take a closer look at some of the telling figures on the night.

12 Consecutive Clasicos in Which Both Teams Have Scored

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    Jordi Alba's late goal courtesy of some Iniesta wizardry made it 12 games in a row in which both teams have managed to score goals.

    Contests between the Spanish giants have come thick and fast over the past few years, but with plenty of goals a guarantee, El Clasico remains the world's most exciting rivalry in football.

    The record stands at 13 consecutive matches with goals from both teams, played between 1946 and 1952.

6 Consecutive Games at the Camp Nou in Which CR7 Has Scored

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    Before he came to Spain, the Portuguese superstar was often criticised for hiding in big games.

    In recent years, Ronaldo has silenced his doubters by turning in inspiring performances against Barcelona.

    His two goals at the Camp Nou make it six consecutive matches in which the Portuguese has scored at Barca's home.

    They also make him the equal top scorer in the cup this season, with six.

62 Percent of Possession Held by Barcelona

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    You can always expect Barcelona to dominate possession. The pivotal question is what they can do with their time on the ball.

    Tonight it was clearly not enough.

    While they looked sharper than at the San Siro, the Blaugrana struggled to find a way through an organised defence.

    They were then blown away time and time again by Madrid's counterattack after committing too many men forward.

No. 17: Alvaro Arbeloa

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    The Spanish full-back has his fair share of critics, but turned in a wonderful defensive performance, nullifying Barca's attack down the left flank.

    Madrid's No. 17 performed six of his side's impressive 27 successful tackles, while also making four interceptions and six clearances.

    He will, however, be thankful that Barca did not start with a true left-winger. Los Cules clearly lacked width in the final third.

37 Clasicos Played by Xavi

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    The Catalan maestro struggled to inspire his team as he often does in the big fixtures, but he did achieve an impressive record.

    Xavi tied Raul and Fernando Hierro as the player with the third-most El Clasico appearances, playing in his 37th.

    Only Madrid legends Manuel Sanchis (43) and Francisco Gento (42) have played more.

9 Shots by Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Recently, Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque stated that Cristiano Ronaldo is at the peak of his powers.

    On this showing and his performances in recent weeks, it would be hard to disagree.

    Real Madrid's star shone yet again at the Camp Nou.

    He hit an incredible nine shots at goal, five of which were on target.

    That's two more than the entire Barca team put together.

13 Games Since Barca Last Kept a Clean Sheet

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    The last time Barcelona kept a clean sheet was against Cordoba in the cup on the 10th of January.

    Since then, in just 12 games the Catalans have conceded 19 goals.

    In truth, their defence has looked shaky all season, and Tito Vilanova will need to look into rectifying his problems. 

224 Games Played Between Real Madrid and Barcelona

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    An incredible 224 games have now been played between the two Spanish giants, and the score remains as close as ever.

    Real Madrid have now won 89 games to Barcelona's 87. 48 matches between the two have ended in a draw.

    740 goals have been scored.

4- Sleeps Until Next Time

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    Enjoy the match? No need to wait long for another—it will happen all over again in La Liga this Saturday.

    With Barcelona already 16 points clear of Los Blancos on the table, the game means little in the grand scheme of things.

    The Blaugrana, however, will be out for revenge and looking to gain momentum ahead of their season-defining fixture with Milan next week.

    Similarly, Los Blancos would love to go to Old Trafford with two Clasico victories under their belt.

    Can Messi and co. turn things around at the Bernabeu on Saturday?

     

    I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please comment below and hit me up on twitter.


    Stats courtesy of WhoScored.com.

     



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