Barcelona's Dani Alves (2nd L) is congratulated by teammates Xavi Hernandez (L), Neymar and Lionel Messi (R) after a goal against Sevilla during their Spanish First division soccer league match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, September 14, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Will Barcelona play Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final? The world will find out on Wednesday when Barcelona plays Real Sociedad in the second leg of their semifinal.
Barcelona enters the second leg with a 2-0 lead; Sociedad would need a 2-0 win to push the game into extra time and a 3-0 win to eliminate Barcelona. More importantly, the team must not concede a goal against its opponents as it would need to score four on Barcelona to win a spot in the final.
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Barcelona is likely to play for a draw in this one as it does not need to win to move on to the next round; it must simply avoid losing by more than one goal.
However, it is likely that Barcelona will be on the attack, at least in the early stages. Lionel Messi has been on the upswing in recent matches and will look to keep pace with rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored on a pair of penalty shots in Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
If Barcelona manages to knock off Real Sociedad, then it would take on Real Madrid for the seventh time in Copa del Rey finals. Despite Barcelona's overall advantage in Copa del Rey trophies, the two sides have drawn 3-3 when they have done battle in a final. Real won the most recent final in 2010-11 by the score of 1-0.
Prediction: Barcelona draws 1-1.
Start Time: Kick-off starts at 4 p.m. EST.