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Bonus Clasico: Barca,Real in Cup final

Emmanuel Adebayor came off the bench to score on his home debut for Real Madrid.

Written by Reuters | Madrid | Published: February 4, 2011 12:33:01 am

Emmanuel Adebayor came off the bench to score on his home debut for Real Madrid and put the icing on a 3-0 aggregate King’s Cup win over holders Sevilla that set up a mouthwatering final against Barcelona. After Karim Benzema had scored the only goal in Seville in last week’s semi-final first leg,Jose Mourinho’s side had to deal with some tireless chasing and crunching tackles from a fired up Sevilla before their two German internationals combined to make the vital breakthrough in the 82nd minute.

Sami Khedira’s superb pass from central midfield sent Mesut Ozil clear and he rounded goalkeeper Javi Varas to finish into the empty net. Sevilla defender Sergio Sanchez was dismissed for a second yellow card in the 85th after a late tackle on new loan signing Adebayor,making his debut at the huge arena in central Madrid after joining from Manchester City last month. The Togolese international had been on the pitch for around 10 minutes when he controlled a Lassana Diarra centre on his chest in added time and volleyed powerfully past Varas from close range to make it 2-0.

Crushing win

A second-string Barca had earlier completed a crushing 8-0 aggregate victory over Almeria,with Adriano,Thiago Alcantara and Ibrahim Afellay scoring in a 3-0 win on the night.

The result means Real and Barca will meet in the final for the first time since 1990 when Barca won 2-0. The final,which has yet to be given a venue,takes place a few days after the great rivals meet in Madrid in the league and they could also be drawn to play each other in April’s Champions League quarter-finals.

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