Barça cruise into Copa final
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Adriano and Ibrahim Afellay scored their first goals for Barcelona as Pep Guardiola's side defeated Almeria 3-0 on Wednesday to cruise into the Copa del Rey final and stay on course for the treble.

Barcelona had won the first leg 5-0 and a second-string side finished off the job with Brazilian Adriano, teenager Thiago Alcantara and Dutch midfielder Afellay all on target as the club reached their second cup final in three seasons with an 8-0 aggregate win.

Real Madrid or holders Sevilla, who face off in the other semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu later on Wednesday, will face Barcelona in the final at Valencia's Mestalla Stadium.

"I am glad to get through to the final and it was a great team performance," said Adriano. "It was fantastic to score my first goal for Barcelona. I don't mind who we get in the final. Sevilla could still win it so we will just have to see."

I don't mind who we get in the final. Sevilla could still win it so we will just have to see.
Adriano, Barcelona winger

With their commanding first leg Guardiola rested several key stars such as Argentine Lionel Messi and Spanish FIFA World Cup™ winners Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Gerard Pique and Pedro Rodriguez.

Almeria, second from bottom of the Spanish first division, needed a miracle to progress but Barcelona were far from complacent and dominated the opening quarter hour. With 34 minutes gone the visitors got a deserved lead through a fine individual goal from Adriano. Adriano cut in from the left flank, poked the ball through one opponent's legs and then stroked home for his first Barcelona goal.

On 55 minutes 19-year-old Thiago, the latest Barca youth product, bulleted in a header from a Dani Alves cross and ten minutes later Afellay drilled home his first goal for Barcelona following his January move from PSV Eindhoven.

Record winners Barcelona, who have won the competition 25 times, are now dreaming of repeating their 2009 treble when they won the Champions League, league title and Kings Cup.

For Almeria, who were thrashed 8-0 by Barcelona in the league, it was the end of a cup run that saw them reach the last four for the first time in their history, and now they have to concentrate on fighting relegation.