In 1943, Barcelona faced Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the 1943 Copa del Generalísimo. The first leg match, played at Barcelona's Les Corts stadium in Catalonia, ended with Barcelona winning 3–0. Before the second leg in Madrid, Count of Mayalde, Spain's head of state security, visited the Barcelona team just before kick-off warning them, “Do not forget that some of you are only playing because of the generosity of the regime that has forgiven you for your lack of patriotism.”
At the second leg, within the first half an hour Madrid were three goals up and Barcelona capitulated as Madrid added to their tally to make it 8-0 before half-time with goals in the 33rd, 35th, 39th, 43rd and 49th minutes. At half-time Barcelona were reluctant to come out for the second half. Madrid dominated and scored three more, winning the game 11-1 (11-4 on aggregate). A newspaper called the scoreline "as absurd as it was abnormal".