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Barcelona set up Real clash in Spanish Cup

Second half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Sergi Roberto gave Barcelona a 2-1 victory over Osasuna on Thursday and a quarter-final clash with arch-rivals and titleholders Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup.

Dejan Lekic had put hosts Osasuna ahead five minutes before the break in Pamplona before Sanchez headed in a 48th-minute equaliser for the Catalans.


Barcelona's forward Lionel Messi. Pic/AFP

Substitute Lionel Messi set up Roberto to seal victory after 71 minutes for a 6-1 aggregate scoreline and a meeting with Real Madrid next Wednesday.

Real Madrid qualified with a 72nd minute goal from Karim Benzema on Tuesday giving them a 1-0 win over Malaga for a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Real Madrid host Barcelona in the first leg next Wednesday with the return leg on January 25 at the Camp Nou. The two sides meet again just a month after the 'clasico' which Barcelona won 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Athletic Bilbao also progressed with a 4-0 win over third division Albacete on Thursday.

Goals from Markel Susaeta (24), Ander Herrero (64), Gaizka Toquero (77) amd Mikel San Jose (86) ensured Athletic will play Real Mallorca in the last eight.

Valencia take on Levante and giant-killing Mirandes face Espanyol.

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