By Marcus ChhanFollow @@MarcusChhan
1. Mourinho loses tactical battle
Jose Mourinho set his team up to frustrate Barcelona and to a degree it worked, as both teams squared up to each other at half-time. It wasn't the best advertisement for Spanish football. Real were the home side but played the game like the away team - no doubt Mourinho still remembered the way in which his old Inter Milan side had got a result at Camp Nou last season. In the end the Catalan's class came through with Lionel Messi's second goal three minutes from time simply breathtaking.
2. Messi is the best
Lionel Messi had Pepe and Lassana Diarra snapping at his heels all game but still scored twice. His brace against Real Madrid took his tally for the season to an astonishing 52 goals. At just age 23, he is already the third highest scorer in Barcelona's history with 178 but he still has some way to catch record holder Cesar Rodriguez who has 235 goals to his name.
3. Ugly side to Barcelona
Both teams were guilty of diving and play acting but the Barcelona players in particular were serial offenders. Pedro was probably the worst of the lot - clutching his face after a nothing challenge from Alvaro Arbeloa. Barca are widely regarded as the 'best team in the world' so there's no need for them to resort to such lowbrow tactics.
4. Barcelona are going to Wembley
I really can't see Real Madrid getting the result they need at Camp Nou in the second leg to prevent Barcelona from playing Manchester United (assuming the Red Devils don't blow it against Schalke) in the final at Wembley. What a final it will be!
5. Bad blood
Barcelona vs Real Madrid is always going to be a hot tempered and competitive affair but the strain of playing each other multiple times in less than a month is clearly taking a toll on everyone. Wednesday's match had a real nasty side to it - even the build up to the game saw Pep Guardiola uncharacteristically lose his cool with a foul-mouthed rant during a press conference.
Both teams were reportedly locked in their dressing rooms after the match in an attempt to defuse the bad blood.