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02-03-2011, 09:35 AM #1
Copa del Rey: Madrid, Barca to clash in finalsReal Madrid will play fierce rival Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final for the first time in 21 years after Spain's biggest teams both recorded comfortable two-legged wins on Wednesday.
Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0 for a 3-0 overall win, while Barcelona earlier defeated Almeria 3-0 to complete an 8-0 aggregate victory.
Mesut Oezil scored in the 82nd minute for Madrid with a cool finish before Emmanuel Adebayor hit his first goal for the 17-time Copa champions, who are through to a record 37th final and first since 2004.
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said he is not especially motivated by the showdown against Barcelona, which has won a club-record five straight matches over his team.
"We have the usual desire that comes with playing in a final and we'll try to win it as always," the Portuguese coach said. "After the difficult trajectory — winning all our games against Atletico Madrid and Sevilla — we deserve to be in the final."
Adriano, Thiago and Ibrahim Affelay scored for Barcelona, which will look to add to its record 25 wins and pick up a second domestic cup in three seasons on April 20 against Madrid, four days after the pair meet in a Spanish league "clasico."
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 the two-time defending league champions on a record 15-game winning streak.
Oezil raced in alone on Javi Varas and evaded the Sevilla goalkeeper with a dribble to the right before firing into the empty goal....being a human...