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    Vinicius has final say as Madrid defeat Atletico to reach Copa semis

    Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior's extra-time strikes earned Real Madrid a 3-1 win over rivals Atletico Madrid on Thursday to reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals.Madrid, who last won the Copa del Rey in 2014, kept Atletico at bay in the final 15 minutes before Vinicius dribbled through and fired home to clinch the victory -- celebrating with a now customary dance routine.

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    Vinicius effigy hung from bridge before Madrid derby

    A dummy dressed in a Vinicius Junior shirt was hung from a bridge near Real Madrid's training ground ahead of the Copa del Rey quarter-final clash against Atletico Madrid on Thursday.Real Madrid host rivals Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu later on Thursday. rbs-gr/jc/nr

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    Electric Dembele fires Barca past Real Sociedad to Copa semis

    Ousmane Dembele's strike, capping a brilliant individual display, helped Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 1-0 on Wednesday, and reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals.Elsewhere Osasuna earned a 2-1 win over Sevilla in extra-time to reach the semis for the first time since 2005, when they finished as runners-up to Real Betis.

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    Modric, Kroos key despite Madrid 'transition' - Ancelotti

    Carlo Ancelotti said on Wednesday veteran midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are still key for Real Madrid even though he dropped the pair last weekend.Modric joined Real Madrid in 2012 while Kroos arrived in 2014 and together they have formed an essential part of the team's success.