x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Real Madrid set up Copa del Rey final with Barcelona

Emmanuel Adebayor scores on his Bernabeu debut as Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet in the Copa del Rey final for the first time since 1990.

Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates scoring on his home debut in Real Madrid's Copa del Rey tie against Sevilla.
Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates scoring on his home debut in Real Madrid's Copa del Rey tie against Sevilla.

MADRID // Emmanuel Adebayor came off the bench to score on his home debut for Real Madrid in their 3-0 aggregate win over the Copa del Rey holders Sevilla to set up a mouth-watering final against Barcelona.

After Karim Benzema had scored the only goal in Seville in last week's first leg, Real's two German internationals combined to make the breakthrough against a feisty Sevilla late in the second-half at a nervous Bernabeu.

Sami Khedira's superb pass sent Mesut Ozil clear in the 82nd minute and he rounded goalkeeper Javi Varas and finished cooly into an empty net.

Sergio Sanchez, the Sevilla defender, was dismissed for a second yellow card in the 85th after a late tackle on Real's 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 cross on his chest and volleyed past Varas from close range.

Real, seeking their first domestic Cup since 1993, and Barca, the 2009 winners, will meet in the April 20 final for the first time since 1990 when Barca won 2-0.

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

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