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César lifting the 1951 Cup

César lifting the 1951 Cup after Barça beat Real Sociedad. / PHOTO: ARXIU-FCB

Barça's starting XI in 1990. PHOTO: Arxiu FCB

Wednesday’s Spanish Cup semi final first leg game will be the first time in 24 years that Real Sociedad and Barça have met in the competition, though the two sides have a long history of Cup matches stretching for over a century.

Of the 30 games between the two, Barça have won 19 games, Real just 3 and 8 have been drawn.  Amongst those games are four finals  - all won by Barça – and the Basques have only managed to get through to the next round twice.

Century of history

Barça and Real Sociedad first played against each other in the Spanish Cup Final in the 1912/13 season when they drew 2-2, which meant a replay  - that also ended in a draw (0-0), before Barça finally won the third game 2-1. In the 1928 final, the same story was repeated with Barça taking the title after a 1-3 win following two 1-1 draws.

The two also met in finals in 1951 and 1988, when Barça won 3-0 and 1-0 to take the titles.

24 years later...

The last time Barça played Real in the Cup was 24 years ago, when they came up against each other in the 1989/1990 quarter finals. A goal from Salinas gave Barça a 0-1 win in San Sebastian, whilst the return match at the Camp Nou finished 3-3 after extra time, with Bakero and Laudrup (2) getting the goals.

League wins

The Basques visited the Camp Nou in week six of this year's league campaign, losing 4-1 to goals from  Neymar, Messi, Sergio Busquets and Bartra, with De la Bella scoring for the visitors.

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