Perhaps familiarity finally bred contempt between these two rivals as they met for the 5th time in 18 days and compared to the spiteful encounter of a week ago the game was relatively low key with Madrid finally ending the game with eleven men after recent meetings.
There were six bookings however, five of those to Madrid.
Barcelona deservedly take their place in the final for despite the scoreline the Catalans were always in control even if Madrid’s strike to level matters was a cause for momentary concern.
Until the half-hour the game had been open but with few chances to either side. Then we had a flurry of attempts on goal from Barca.
But the home side’s dominance in pouring rain was rewarded just after the break. A sweeping move ended with Pedro Rodriguez making it 1-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate.
Madrid did find the back of the net on 64 minutes when Di Maria’s initial effort hit the post but rebounded to the Argentinean who set up Marcelo to restore parity.
The visitor’s failed to capitalise on this strike and whilst they tried to take the game to Barca the host’s simply played their containing game, depriving Madrid of any meaningful possession.
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
Venue: Nou Camp
05 Puyol (Abidal 90)
07 Villa (Keita 74)
17 Pedrito (yellow card) (Afellay 90+3)
02 Carvalho (yellow card)
12 Marcelo (yellow card)
08 Kaka (Ozil 60)
10 Diarra (yellow card)
14 Alonso (yellow card)
22 Di Maria
20 Higuain (Adebayor 55 (yellow card)