Copa del Rey: Barcelona to face Bilbao in final

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Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will meet in the final of Copa del Rey on May 13 after both came through their semi-finals successfully.

Barcelona beat Mallorca 2-0 at Camp Nou last month and clinched their place in the final for the first time since 1998 with a 1-1 draw in the return leg.

Gonzalo Castro put Mallorca ahead on the stroke of half-time, curling a left-footed shot into the top corner and out of the reach of goalkeeper José Manuel Pinto.

And the visitors could have been in real trouble had not Pinto saved a José Luís Martí penalty in the 52nd minute which saw Barça defender Martín Cáceres sent-off for a reckless challenge inside the area.

However, they settled once Mallorca were also reduced to ten men when Josemi was dismissed on 70 minutes, and 11 minutes later they wrapped up their place in the final when Lionel Messi netted to give his side a 3-1 victory on aggregate.

At San Mames, Bilbao reached their first final for 24 years as they scored three times to beat Sevilla 3-0 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.

Bilbao made a terrific start as Javi Martínez struck in the fourth minute to make it 2-2 on aggregate.

Fernando Llorente then put Bilbao in firm control with a goal in the 34th minute as he used his soaring height to head Francisco Yeste's cross past Andrés Palop.

Gaizka Toquero sealed the victory with Bilbao's third three minutes later, slotting under the onrushing Palop after being found by Llorente.

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