Barcelona to play Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semifinals

Santiago Hernan Solari

Three days after the first leg at Camp Nou, Madrid plays at Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league.

They joined Barca in the hat for the last four, with the Catalans having overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to thrash Sevilla 6-1 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday in a game that was capped by a wondrous team goal.

Barcelona director Guillermo Amor said: "Real Madrid are playing well and they will be the Madrid team we always expect - a group of winners that competes for everything, that can give us a scare if we are not ready to work".

Real Madrid extended their 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions with a 3-1 win over Girona on Thursday to progress to the semifinals 7-3 on aggregate.

Arthur has played 15 league games (838 minutes) in LaLiga this season, and not one of the important fixtures has been lost.

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Madrid, who trail leaders Barcelona by 10 points in La Liga, have not won the Copa since the 2013-14 campaign.

The El Clasico will hold over two legs as Los Blanocs will be looking to unseat La Blaugrana as champions over the last four years.

Barcelona is trying to win a record fifth straight Copa del Rey title. Betis meanwhile beat Espanyol 4-2 on aggregate, with Valencia overcoming Getafe 3-2 on aggregate by scoring twice in stoppage time in their 3-1 victory in the second leg at Mestalla.

The final will take place on May 25 at Betis' home ground, the Estadio Benito Villamarín.

The Netherlands global has made six appearances in the competition and saved a penalty in Wednesday's 6-1 win against Sevilla.

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