Real's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, from left, Alvaro Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos celebrate after scoring during a Copa del Rey soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (The Associated Press)
El jugador del Barcelona, Jordi Alba, se tapa el rostro en un partido contra el Real Madrid por las semifinales de la Copa del Rey el martes, 26 de febrero de 2013, en Barcelona. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (The Associated Press)
El jugador del Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo, festeja un gol contra el Barcelona en las semifinales de la Copa del Rey el martes, 26 de febrero de 2013, en Barcelona. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (The Associated Press)
BARCELONA, Spain – Cristiano Ronaldo got the better of Lionel Messi on Tuesday, scoring twice to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 win at Barcelona and a spot in the Copa del Rey final.
After salvaging a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Madrid neutralized Barcelona's passing game and counterattacked to perfection at the Camp Nou to hand its archrival its first home loss in any competition since last April.
"We played a great game," Ronaldo said. "We faced the game with a serious attitude, played better and scored three goals, which is tough to do."
It was also a second straight cup setback for the Catalan club, which is running away with the Spanish league but lost 2-0 at AC Milan in the first leg of its Champions League last-16 matchup.