Spanish Copa del Rey - Barcelona FC 2-1 Real Madrid

Lionel Messi, Barcelona FC

Spanish Copa del Rey - Barcelona FC 2-1 Real Madrid

Pepe appeared to deliberately tread on Lionel Messi midway through the second half of the first leg of the Copa del Rey, marring the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final clash in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid took an early lead at the Santiago Bernabeu but lost to Barcelona FC 2-1. 

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid with a powerful strike past the goalkeeper, however Barca turned the game around with second-half goals from defenders Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal.

Real Madrid's Ramos stated that Madrid should focus on La Liga now, and refused to give up hope of progression to the next round of Copa del Rey.

"We must be realistic: we didn't do too well," the Spain international is quoted as saying on Real Madrid's official website. "We threw our advantage away and Barcelona were efficient at scoring.

"We must now think about La Liga. It will be difficult to defeat Barcelona at Camp Nou, but we're not about to give Copa away.

"I can't possibly say what we lack to defeat them. You sometimes win and others you lose. It hurts because they are our main rival. It's difficult but not impossible."

Madrid travel to Catalunya for the second leg next Wednesday.

"Mentality and attitude is what matters," he argued. "We have yet to play the return leg and anything can happen. We must have a winning mentality at the Camp Nou."

The first leg was again marred by Pepe's stomp on Barca forward Lionel Messi.

"These images tarnish football and they're not worth people's time."

"We really enjoy playing against Real Madrid. There is always a certain balance between the two teams when we meet, regardless of the form in previous weeks," said Danny Alves.

"We meet again, and that's only normal. Big teams that fight for the same trophies will meet more than once per season. We will be well prepared and then we'll see what happens. I have already featured in plenty of games like this and the overall balance is positive."

Do not miss the chance to watch Lionel Messi, Iker Cassillas, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Marcelo, Xavi, Iniesta, and Cristiano Ronaldo play live in the 2012 Copa Del Rey. Great tickets are available now online.

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