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Copa del Rey

  • 2 February 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, Almería
  • Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
  • • Attendance: 16000

Barcelona win Aggregate 8 - 0

Almeria 0-3 Barcelona: Afellay's first goal eases Guardiola's side into Copa del Rey final

Almeria 0-3 Barcelona: Afellay's first goal eases Guardiola's side into Copa del Rey final

Adriano and Thiago also find the net

Barcelona comfortably progressed to the Copa del Rey final after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Almeria, which took the aggregate score to 8-0.

Barcelona took the lead in the first-half through a mazy run and finish by Adriano and continued their advantage after the interval. Two quality finishes, the first from Thiago's head and the second a low shot from Ibrahim Afellay.

A slightly sloppy opening phase was dominated by Barcelona, and as they skipped into their stride, it was Bojan who almost opened up the Almeria defence within five minutes. A nice one-two with an advanced Dani Alves allowed the forward to break into the box but the pull-back was crowded out by red and white shirts.

The game lacked any real tempo and movement with ten minutes played, a rare chance of action for the hosts from a corner was sent sailing over the bar on an otherwise uneventful start to the game.

Winter signing Afellay tried to take matters into his own hands for Barcelona, the Dutch international making a bright run towards the edge of the box but his powerful shot was blocked out.

After 26 minutes played, the game spring to life and it was the home side who almost took the lead. A long cross-field pass was flicked on by Henok Goitom to loan signing Sofiane Feghouli on the right, the winger controlled and smacked a shot off the outside of the post before Adriano could close him down.

Barcelona briefly responded, Manuel Nolito, who had been terribly wayward with his passing, finally picked out Afellay on the run and this time the forward managed to get his shot away but Andres Esteban collected at the second attempt.

La Blaugrana snatched an away goal in the 34th to deny Almeria any sort of chance of progressing to the final. Left-back Adriano went on a solo run from the flank, cutting inside two defenders, before picking out the only piece of net available behind Esteban in the Almeria goal to make it 1-0.

Just before half-time Almeria had their best chance to grab a goal, a corner caused confusion after striking Goitom and dropped kindly for Hernan Dario Pellerano but the defender tamely ushered his volley over the upright with Sergio Pinto scampering to cover the shot.

Barcelona moved quickly to kill off any hope for Almeria claiming, Bojan running at the heart of the home side leaving Carlos Garcia no choice but to bring him down.

Pep Guardiola's side doubled their advantage ten minutes after the restart. A nice move spread wide by Thiago Alcantara to Dani Alves was fed back into the box by the Brazilian full-back and Thiago made no mistake with a perfectly placed header.

Almeria rallied after going two down, Kalu Uche failing to get a header on target and then Feghouli wildly slicing an effort in space but the reinforced Barcelona defence with Gerard Pique introduced at half-time was holding strong.

The visitors had a third in the 66th minute and it was Afellay's first for the club. A slip by Fabian Vargas left Seydou Keita free on the right wing to pick out an easy pass to the former PSV man; as defenders backed off, Afellay hit his shot low into the bottom corner.

Afellay should have doubled his personal tally shortly after, his surging pace took him past the challenge of Antonio Luna but the angle was too much for his curled effort missing the left post.

Barcelona continued to threaten with Bojan, the forward desperate to add his name to the list of scorers but he was kept out time and time again by Esteban.

The victory means Barcelona will face either Real Madrid or Sevilla in the final.

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