Champions League

Octopus Iker again picks Real

2011-04-26 16:46
Iker the Octopus (File)

Benalmadena - An octopus named Iker, which correctly predicted the result of the last two "classicos" between Real Madrid and Barcelona, has foreseen Real will reach the final of the Champions League.

Iker predicted Real would reach the final at London's Wembley arena on May 28 by choosing to eat a sardine from a glass cylinder decorated with the club's badge instead of one from a cylinder with Barcelona's badge on Tuesday at the Sea Life Aquarium in the southern city of Benalmadena.

The 16-kilo (35-pound) octopus, named after Real keeper Iker Casillas, has already predicted Real's 1-1 draw against Barcelona in La Liga on April 16 and the club's 1-0 win over the Catalan club in the King's Cup final four days later.

The two sides will face each other in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at Real's Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday. The second leg will take place at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium on May 3.

The team that progesses to the final will face either Manchester United or Schalke 04.

During the World Cup in South Africa last year, Paul, an octopus in the German town of Oberhausen, became world famous after correctly predicting all the results involving the German team, as well as that of the final, won by Spain.

Paul died on October 26, 2010.

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