Real lose Cup crown

BARCELONA survived a late comeback from Real Madrid to knock the holders out of the Spanish Cup with a 4-3 aggregate victory after a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou.

Jose Mourinho may still not have won away to Barcelona in nine attempts as a coach, but his team's performance was a perfect answer to their critics who have blasted their recent poor displays against their arch rivals.

First-half goals by Pedro and Dani Alves looked to have put the game beyond the reach of Real but they fought back to level with goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema but in came up short and had defender Sergi Ramos sent-off late on.

Real, looking to overturn the 2-1 first leg quarter-final defeat, set off at a high tempo but went on to miss a host of chances with Gonzalo Higuain especially wasteful.

The game had just kicked off when Real had their first chance for Higuain but he shot well wide after being played in by a poor Alves back pass.

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