20 Jan '11, 11pm

Football: Ronaldo secures Real Madrid's Spanish Cup semi-final spot

Football: Ronaldo secures Real Madrid's Spanish Cup semi-final spot

MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo fired in a first-half goal as Real Madrid edged bitter city rivals Atletico 1-0 on Thursday to reach the Spanish Cup semi-finals 4-1 on aggregate. Real will tackle holders Sevilla in the last four while Barcelona, who saw off Real Betis 6-3 on aggregate, despite losing the second leg of their quarter-final 3-1 on Wednesday, will meet Almeria. Almeria had seen off Deportivo La Coruna 4-2 on aggregate in their last eight encounter. Ronaldo, the Spanish League's top scorer, found the target in the 23rd minute from eight yards. Xabi Alonso created the goal with a sweet, crossfield pass to Sergio Ramos who in turn found the unmarked Ronaldo. Atletico, last year's runners-up, were desperately disappointing and created few chances on their home ground having lost 3-1 in the first leg last week. Fran Merida had Atletico's best opportunity but fired weakly...

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