This year's cup final will be an all-Madrid affair, Atlético Madrid joining city rivals Real Madrid after a 4-3 aggregate win over Sevilla.
Simeon's side built on their 2-1 advantage from the first leg early on, Diego Costa shrugging off a couple of defenders to fire a shot past Beto in the sixth minute. And Falcao added a second on the half hour mark after combining with Costa on a quick breakaway, leaving the Andalusians needing four goals to turn the tie around.
Before the half time whistle though Jesús Navas got one back with a shot in off the far post, and after the break Manu del Moral, Rakitic and Negredo all wasted chances to equalize. Costa and Falcao also failed to hit the target at the other end though, and with a quarter of an hour to go the locals were left with ten men when Medel picked up two bookings in succession for fouls on the combative Costa.
Rakitic did make it 2-2 on the night with a low shot past Courtois in injury time, but another off-the-ball incident involving Costa ended with Kondogbia also being shown a red card a couple of minutes later.
The final has been scheduled for 18th May at a venue yet to be decided, although the date could be shifted slightly at the behest of the television company as this apparently clashes with the Eurovision Song Contest! (27.02.13)
Real Madrid are through to this season's cup final after a 1-3 win against a rudderless Barcelona. With coach Tito Vilanova still undergoing treatment in New York for his illness, his side were easy prey for the visitors, Cristiano Ronaldo opening the scoring from the penalty spot after Piqué brought him down in the area in only the twelfth minute.
Messi had shot wide a few minutes earlier, and he fired a free kick under the defensive wall just past the post before the break, but otherwise Diego López was hardly troubled, and Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos could both have added to the lead before half time.
Some twelve minutes in to the second half Ronaldo got his second of the night after Pinto could only push out Di María's shot following a quick breakaway, and Varane headed the third from Özil's corner ten minutes later.
Jordi Alba did get a late consolation after Iniesta set him up, but by then the game was over, and Mourinho's side will meet the winner of tomorrow night's second semi-final between Sevilla and Atlético. (26.02.13) .