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King's Cup: Atletico eliminate Racing to reach final

February 12, 2010 09:25 IST

Atletico Madrid set up a King's Cup final against Sevilla when they went through 6-3 on aggregate despite conceding two late goals to lose 3-2 at Racing Santander in their semi-final second leg on Thursday.

Atletico thrashed Racing 4-0 at the Calderon in last week's first leg but were rocked in only the second minute in Santander when defender Juan Valera headed into his own net from a corner.

Valera made amends six minutes later when he burst into the penalty area and pressured Jose Moraton into diverting a Jose Antonio Reyes freekick past goalkeeper Mario Fernandez.

Atletico midfielder Jurado snuffed out any hopes of an unlikely Racing comeback shortly after halftime when he exchanged passes with Sergio Aguero and curled the ball into the bottom corner with the outside of his right foot.

Christian Fernandez was shown a straight red card with just over 20 minutes left after catching Atletico substitute Ibrahima Balde in the face with a forearm and late goals from Racing strikers Xisco and Mohamed Tchite were mere consolations.

Sevilla, the 2007 King's Cup winners, won last week's first leg at home to Getafe 2-0 and hung on to clinch a 2-1 aggregate win after losing 1-0 in Madrid on Wednesday.

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