Spanish Liga - Red cards spoil Real's progress into Copa semis

Real Madrid survived red cards for Fabio Coentrao and Angel Di Maria, and an injury to Iker Casillas, to draw 1-1 in Valencia and qualify for the Copa del Rey semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate.

Spanish Liga - Red cards spoil Real's progress into Copa semis

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Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria (C) and Valencia's Joao Pereira (L) and Tino Costa fight for the ball during their Spanish King's Cup quarter-final second leg soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia

Karim Benzema netted just before half-time to put Jose Mourinho's side 3-0 up in the tie, before Coentrao picked up a second yellow card for a handball in the 51st minute.

Valencia pulled a goal back from the ensuing free-kick when Tino Costa's low free-kick surprised Real's reserve keeper Antonio Adan.

Adan had to replace Casillas in the 15th minute after Alvaro Arbeloa accidentally kicked his hand while trying to clear a ball.

The injury to Spain's number one did not appear to be too serious as he was later seen in the dugout with ice on his hand.

Di Maria picked up a foolish red card two minutes from time after kicking out at Valencia defender Joao Pereira as the two tussled for a ball.

Real will face either holders Barcelona or Malaga in the last four. Barca visit the Rosaleda on Thursday with their tie level at 2-2.

On the other side of the draw, Alvaro Negredo scored twice to help Sevilla past nine-man Real Zaragoza with a 4-0 quarter-final second leg victory.

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