Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Copa del Rey FINALISTS: Real Madrid - Barcelona

Real Madrid returns to the final stage in the Copa del Rey after 7 years absent in the final stage, and they will face against their eternal rival, Barcelona.

ALMERIA 0 - BARCELONA 3 (First Leg, 0-5)
Barca, leading 5-0 from their first leg against Almeria, cruised through 8-0 on aggregate thanks to second-leg goals from Adriano, Thiago and recent signing Ibrahim Afellay - his first for the club.

Stadium: Juegos de Mediterráneo  

UD Almería: Esteban; Michel, Carlos García, Pellerano (Acasiete, 62'), Luna; Fabián Vargas, Bernardello; Feghouli, Corona (Crusat, 68'), Kalu Uche and Goitom.

FC Barcelona: Pinto, Dani Alves, Busquets (Piqué, 46'), Milito, Adriano; Mascherano, Keita, Thiago; Bojan, Afellay and Nolito.

Referee: Ayza Gámez, from Valencia.

Yellow Cards:
      Almeria: Michel (29')
      Barcelona: Busquets (31')

Goal Scorers:
      Almeria: None
      Barcelona: Adriano (35')  Thiago (53')   Afellay (67')

REAL MADRID 2 - SEVILLA 0 (First Leg, 1-0)
Real Madrid won a complicated game against Sevilla in the Santiago Bernabeu, until in the 81st minute, Mesut Ozil score the first goal for The Merengues.

Sevilla then lost Sanchez to a red card before Madrid, who have not won the cup since 1993, added a second goal late on when Adebayor (90+4), who joined on loan from Manchester City last week, chested down a Lassana Diarra cross before thumping an unstoppable volley into the roof of the net.

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvalho, Sergio Ramos, Arbeloa; Xabi Alonso, C. Ronaldo, Ozil, Khedira (Lass, 90'), Di María (Granero, 88'); Benzema (Adebayor, 84).

Sevilla: Javi Varas; Escudé, Navarro, Sergio Sánchez, Cáceres; Zokora, Jesus Navas, Romaric (Perotti, 81'), Rakitic (Fabiano, 70'); Kanouté (Gary Medel, 88') and Negredo.

Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes, from Cantabria.

Yellow Cards:

      Real Madrid: Xabi Alonso (64'), Sergio Ramos (89')
      Sevilla: Navarro (37'), Cáceres (41'), Zokora (49'), Sergio Sánchez (66')

Red Cards: 
      Real Madrid: None
      Sevilla: Sergio Sanchez (85')

Goal Scorers:
      Real Madrid: Ozil (81'), Adebayor (90+4')
      Sevilla: None

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