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FC Barcelona and Real Madrid set up Copa del Rey showdown


Real Madrid will face archrivals Barcelona in a mouth-watering Spanish Copa del Rey Cup final, as a result of Wednesday's semi-final second-leg clashes.

Barca cruised into the final with a comfortable 3-0 win at minnows Almeria, which gave them an emphatic 8-0 aggregate, having won the home leg 5-0 on Jan 26th.

Real, in contrast, had to sweat and suffer to beat dull Sevilla 2- 0 at home, a result that puts them into the final on a 3-0 aggregate.

The whites needed late goals from Mesut Oezil and Emmanuel Adebayor to settle a tedious tie.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have not met in a Copa del Rey final since 1990, when Barca won 2-0 in Valencia. Curiously, rumours say that this year the final will be held in Valencia again on April 20th – (but officially the venue is still to be decided).

Madrid coach Jose Mourinho can bring the club its first piece of silverware since the 2007-08 league title. Madrid currently trails Barcelona by seven points in the league, with Barca defending league champions on a record 15-game winning streak.

"It is great to see two rivals meet in the final," Mourinho explained post-mach. "We had our difficulties, and this has hurt us throughout January. We paid the price, but have recovered enough to progress to the final. It has all been worth it because we are now in the Copa final.”

On the other side, Barca manager Pep Guardiola was extremely pleased with the 8-0 aggregate victory and admitted the Blaugrana deserved to advance to the cup final.

"I think we deserved to win," the tactician told reporters after the match. "Reaching the final is a very difficult thing. Let us not forget the ties against Betis or the party in San Mames. We deserved it and being in this position for the second time in three years says a lot about our players.”


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