Barcelona Through to Final
Maybe it was the absence of Jose Mourinho (officially because of security fears, but surely to be interpreted as a one man stand against what he views as officiating in Barcelona's favour), but last night's El Clasico - the fourth in as many weeks - was a night relatively free of drama.
Barcelona thankfully dropped the play-acting, although Real Madrid didn't get the memo about better behaviour - crashing into tackles with reckless abandon, and collecting a spate of deserved yellow cards, many drawn by the mercurial Messi who repeatedly made a monkey out of veteran Carvalho in the Real defence.
There was one moment of controversy when Higuain had a goal disallowed early in the second half - it was annulled as Ronaldo was, rightly, judged to have tripped Mascherano in the build up. However Ronaldo was first nudged by Pique...
It was Barcelona who opened the scoring in the end when a delightful through-ball from Iniesta, dissecting three white shirts, reached Pedro who made no error in the finish.
3-0 down on aggregate Real Madrid managed to pull a goal back when Marcelo bundled in a pass from Di Maria, who had struck the post first with a vicious shot, but they never looked likely adding the two more they needed.
In the end Barcelona won 3:1 on aggregrate and will go through to face Manchester United or Schalke in the Champions League Final in Wembley.