Copa del Rey, semi-finals, second leg

Zaragoza will play Real Madrid in next month's final after they drew 0-0 at home to second division Alavés, Víctor Muñoz's side qualifying on the away goal rule thanks to the 1-1 draw in the first leg the week before. It was not a pretty match though, with both sides not prepared to give an inch of territory to their opponents, and scoring chances were few and far between. Only David Villa caused any real problems for the visiting defence, although Galletti did have a couple of chances late in the first half when he came on for the injured Savio. The Vitoria based side started well after the break though, and Lainez produced the save of the night when he got a hand to Ochoa's effort later on in the half, injuring himself into the bargain. After that the home side rallied round, and Dani should have done better when presented with a couple of opportunities late on. But the Maños had done enough to reach their fourth cup final in ten years, and almost certainly secure a place in Europe for next season. (12.02.04)

Real Madrid are the first side to qualify for the Spanish cup final despite losing 1-0 to Sevilla in a bad tempered second leg tie. The home team's attacking line up seemed to pay off right from the start, and with less than a minute on the clock Antonio Lopez got on the end of Darío Silva's cross to fire a shot into the roof of the net. A few minutes later the Andaucians could have extended their lead when César saved from Antoñito, but Ronaldo forced a good save out of Esteban and Roberto Carlos had a goal disallowed for offside later in the first half. Madrid were up against it just before the break though when Zidane was controversially sent off by referee Iturralde González after he clashed with Alfaro, but numbers were evened up ten minutes after the restart when Javi Navarro picked up a second booking. After that Madrid sat back to defend their advantage, but Ronaldo and Raúl could have wrapped things up on rapid breakaways later on. They had done enough though, and whoever they play, they now must fancy themselves to win the trophy for the first time since 1993. (11.02.04)

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