Villarreal to face Barcelona in Copa del Rey semi-final

Villarreal will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey as Gerardo Moreno`s late strike sealed a 2-0 aggregate win away to Getafe.

AFP| Updated: Jan 30, 2015, 04:35 AM IST

Madrid: Villarreal will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey as Gerardo Moreno`s late strike sealed a 2-0 aggregate win away to Getafe.

Espanyol will face Athletic Bilbao in the other semi-final after seeing off Sevilla and Malaga respectively.

Already leading 1-0 from last week`s first leg at El Madrigal, Villarreal were rarely threatened by an under-strength Getafe side and secured their place in the last four when Moreno rounded Jonathan Lopez to slot home 12 minutes from time.

Sevilla had hopes of a famous comeback after Carlos Bacca`s injury time goal in their 3-1 defeat at Cornella El Prat last week.

However, Espanyol withstood an early onslaught and could even have extended their advantage when Sergio Garcia`s free-kick came crashing off the bar.

Diogo Figueras`s sensational strike two minutes from time handed Sevilla victory on the night, but it wasn`t enough as Espanyol clung on.

Athletic`s Cup form has been the bright point of an otherwise disappointing season and the 24-time winners will fancy their chances of reaching another final as Aritz Aduriz`s second-half strike was enough to overcome Malaga 1-0 on aggregate.