Real Madrid CF made amends for their Copa del Rey elimination by FC Barcelona in last season's quarter-finals by triumphing 3-1 at the Camp Nou to progress to a record 38th final by a 4-2 aggregate scoreline.
Lionel Messi fired just wide early on as the hosts started the semi-final second leg brightly but they were caught on the counterattack after 13 minutes. Gerard Piqué felled Cristiano Ronaldo as he surged into the box and the Portuguese made no mistake from the penalty spot to become the first player to score in six successive Clásicos away from home.
Messi went agonisingly close again with a low free-kick and Barça continued their spirited response after the interval, though Fábio Coentrão forced José Manuel Pinto into action as Madrid continued to threaten on the break. That counterattacking ability eventually proved decisive as Ronaldo rifled in (57) after Pinto had repelled Ángel Di María's effort.
The Merengues did not stop there as Raphaël Varane (68) rose highest to head Mesut Özil's corner in off the bar with Barcelona having only a last-minute Jordi Alba goal to show for their toil. José Mourinho's charges will face either Club Atlético de Madrid or Sevilla FC in the 18 May showpiece, with the capital team 2-1 up ahead of Wednesday's return leg in Andalusia.
Everton FC eased into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 win against Oldham Athletic AFC. David Moyes's men were in charge from the 15th minute when Kevin Mirallas turned in Darron Gibson's cross and the advantage was doubled when Leighton Baines (34) drove in a penalty. Leon Osman's flicked header (62) made it three and, although Matt Smith immediately reduced arrears, the Merseyside club cruised home and will host Wigan Athletic FC in the last eight on 9 March.
Trailing to Marko Baša's 33rd-minute opener, AS Saint-Étienne staged a spirited comeback to beat visitors LOSC Lille 3-2 in the Coupe de France round of 16. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Brandão were on target in the second half before Salomon Kalou set up a nervous finish with LOSC's second. Also through to the last eight are ES Troyes AC, who extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches in all competitions courtesy of a 2-1 success at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, while Évian Thonon Gaillard FC dispatched second-tier Le Havre AC 3-1.
Ivica Olić and Bas Dost scored in either half as VfL Wolfsburg consigned third-division outfit Kickers Offenbach to a 2-1 home defeat to seal their passage to the German Cup semi-finals. As for SC Freiburg, they battled back from two goals down to earn an unlikely 3-2 win at ten-man 1. FSV Mainz 05. Daniel Caligiuri sent the tie into extra time with a last-gasp spot kick and the same player completed a remarkable turnaround to ensure the visitors' progression.
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