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Guardiola: We deserved Copa result

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Pep had to work for aggregate win. (©GettyImages)
Pep had to work for aggregate win. (©GettyImages).

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola believed his side were deserving winners in their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie against Real Madrid.

The Catalan giants survived a second-half fightback from Los Blancos at the Nou Camp last night, and whilst Jose Mourinho's side managed to get a 2-2 draw on the night, Barca progressed 4-3 on aggregate after their first-leg victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite the spirited display from their opponents, Guardiola was left in no doubt that his side deserved to progress to the last four of the competition, scoring at vital times over the 180 'El Clasico' minutes.

"Madrid only did what we would have done in their situation. The [Barcelona] players showed great strength and I congratulate them," said the 41-year-old post-match.

"Madrid are a great team and therefore this merits our victory, Madrid played a good game, but we were the victors over the 180 minutes."

On the night, the hosts appeared to be cruising after goals from Pedro and Dani Alvez handed the domestic and European champions a comfortable lead.

Goals from Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored in the first-leg, and Karim Benzema pulled the scores level on the evening though, and made for an entertaining final 20 minutes. But, Sergio Ramos' late red card all-but ended their challenge, and subsequent involvement in the competition.

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