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Madrid beats Barcelona 3-1 in Copa del Rey semis

Updated: February 26, 2013, 6:15 PM ET
Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Cristiano Ronaldo got the better of Lionel Messi on Tuesday, scoring twice to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at Barcelona and a spot in the Copa del Rey final.

After the first leg of their semifinal ended 1-1, Madrid neutralized Barcelona's passing game and counterattacked to perfection at the Camp Nou to hand its archrival its first home loss in any competition since last April.

It was also a second straight cup setback for the Catalan club, which is running away ...

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