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Copa del Rey: Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid are through to the final

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Real Madrid C.F. capped off their Copa del Rey run with a 2-0 win in the second leg match against cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid. Today's result saw superstar Cristiano Ronaldo score his 33rd and 34th goal of the season as Real Madrid booked their ticket to the Copa del Rey final with an aggregate score of 5-0.

Ronaldo notched both of Real Madrid’s goals from penalty kicks. After being fouled inside the penalty area in the 7th minute, Cristiano hit the ball hard and low into the left corner of the Atletico goal. Gareth Bale was tripped up on the far side of the Atletico penalty area in the 15th minute; Ronaldo converted his second penalty kick of the night in similar fashion.

Going up for a 50-50 ball right before the halftime whistle, Ronaldo received a yellow card for mistiming the ball out of the air and sent Diego of Atletico Madrid flailing. Diego landed awkwardly on his head but was able to walk off the field under his own power; Diego was soon replaced by Adrián and did not play the rest of the match.

As the teams walked to the dressing rooms for halftime, an Atletico fan threw what seemed to be a cigarette lighter, or a similar small object, in the direction of Ronaldo and Real teammate Sergio Ramos. The object struck Ronaldo in his head and he went down in obvious pain. Ronaldo shook off the knock to the head and suited up to play in the second half.

The second half was uneventful as Atletico was not successful at capitalizing their few scoring opportunities. Their best chance at stealing one back from their cross-town rivals came in the 84th minute off Jose Sosa’s half volley, which Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Iker Casillas parried out of play. Casillas has not conceded a goal in over 860 minutes of game time, nearly 10 whole games.

Real Madrid will face the winner tomorrow’s other semi final between F.C. Barcelona and Real Sociedad. The Spanish cup final kicks off on April 19, the venue has yet to be decided.


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