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Copa Del Rey: Barcelona Advance To Cup Final; Beat Almeria 3-0

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After Barcelona won the first leg of the semifinals by the score of 5-0, the second game was just a formality. Guardiola fielded a team of reserves and a couple of members of Barcalona B. Even Almería boss José Luis Oltra realized that his team didn't have a good chance of advancing and left several of his starters on the bench.

As expected the game started off slow and it took almost half an hour for the first real opportunity, a shot off the post by Feghouli. The pace picked up after that, Barcelona took complete control of possession and it didn't take long for them to take the lead. The goal came from one of the most unlikeliest of sources; Adriano had a terrific run down the left side and he finished it of with a shot past Esteban. It was the Brazilian's first goal for Barcelona and the only one of the half.

The second half was almost identical to the first, the only noticeable difference was that Barca scored twice in this one. Barcelona youngster Thiago doubled the lead in the 54th minute with a lovely header after he was picked out by Alves' cross. The third goalscorer also scored his first in a Blaugrana shirt; it was the teams newest member, Ibrahim Afellay. He scored with a perfectly placed low shot. The Dutchman had a terrific game and was clearly the man of the match with several good plays.

Overall it was a good game for Barcelona's second team and they booked a spot in the finals with a 8-0 win on aggregate. Now they await the winner of the second semifinal game between Real Madrid and Sevilla. The score of the first leg was 1-0 for Real Madrid.


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