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Cristiano Ronaldo sends Real Madrid to Copa del Rey final

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A Cristiano Ronaldo brace secured Real Madrid a Copa del Rey final ticket.

Los Blancos are on course for a cup final El Clasico final against eternal rivals Barcelona after easing to a 5-0 aggregate semi-final win over Atletico Madrid.

With an already comfortable lead from the first leg, Ronaldo scored from the spot after he was fouled by Javier Manquillo to further extend Real's lead. Ten minutes later, Ronaldo scored another penalty after Gareth Bale was hacked down by Emiliano Insua, to take his tally for the season to 34 and put Real in an unassailable position.

Ronaldo's second goal also meant that since his big money move to Spain, no player has scored more than his 20 Copa del Rey goals (Lionel Messi has 19).

Atletico were missing suspended leading scorer Diego Costa and injured duo Thibaut Courtois and David Villa for this game.

The first goal was scored in the seventh minute when the Ballon d'Or winner surged into the left-hand side of the area before being pushed over by Manquillo. The Portuguese forward stepped up to the spot and rifled his effort to the right of Daniel Aranzubia.

The tie was over 10 minutes later when Bale, Real's £86m record signing, raced down the right before cutting into the area only to see his progress halted by Insua's ridiculous challenge. Ronaldo once again chose the same spot to give Carlo Ancelotti's side a 2-0 lead at the Vicente Calderon.

The former Manchester United star man was hit by a lighter which was thrown from the crowd by presumably angry Atletico fans at half-time.

Other than Ronaldo's two goals, the match was devoid of clear-cut chances. A Bale free-kick was pushed round the post by Aranzubia, before the 34-year-old goalkeeper made a fantastic block from a Ronaldo half-volley.

Atletico went closest when Raul Garcia's effort came off a post with Real's Iker Casillas also at his acrobatic best late in the match to deny Jose Sosa from scoring with a snap-volley.

Barcelona play Real Sociedad on Wednesday having already won the first leg 2-0 meaning a draw would be enough to see them progress to the final.


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