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Sevilla beats Leganes 2-0, returns to Copa del Rey final

Sevilla beats Leganes 2-0, returns to Copa del Rey final”

Sevilla booked their place in the final of the Copa del Ray with a 3-1 aggregate win over Leganes on Wednesday evening.

Leganes produced a huge shock by knocking out Real Madrid in the previous round and kept fighting but they struggled to create decent openings, managing only one shot at goalkeeper Sergio Rico, who had conceded an embarrassing own goal in the first leg.

Triple holders Barcelona visit Valencia on Thursday in the other semi-final with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg.

The final is April 21.

Sandro collected a long ball from Gabriel Mercado and lobbed the ball over to Vazquez, the forward then bursting into the box before firing the ball high beyond Champagne into the roof of the net to finish off the Lega resistance and send Los Nervionenses into their second final in three seasons. "We still haven't achieved anything, but this was an important goal for us".

Leganes knew that they had to score at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to go through due to Sevilla's away goal last week but they fell behind after just 15 minutes. After neat attacking play on the wing saw Luis Muriel square the ball to Joaquín Correa, and the Argentine midfielder tapped in from close range.

More excellent play by Muriel nearly led to a second goal as he burst down the left and found Correa again, only for the Argentine to have his first-time effort cleared off the line by defender Diego Rico.

Leganes has one of the smallest budgets in La Liga and is only in its second season in the first division.

Sevilla endured ups-and-downs since the arrival of Italian coach Vincenzo Montella during the winter break to replace Eduardo Berizzo after a series of disappointing results that dropped the club in the Spanish league standings. "Not a lot of people gave us credit but now we are in the Copa final".



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