Iniesta is on his way to yet another cup semi-final, seen here playing in 2009 against Mallorca / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

[[DES_1]]FC Barcelona have beaten Atlético Madrid 4-2 on aggregate to reach the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup, continuing their great form in the competition in the last decade. In the last nine years, only Sevilla in 2009/10 have managed to prevent them from reaching the final four. Barcelona’s opponents this time will be either Getafe or Villarreal, with the latter defending their 1-0 lead from the first leg on Thursday night.

Four finals and two titles

Back in 2006/07, the run began with FCB beating Zaragoza on away goals in the quarters (0-1, 2-1). In the last nine years, the Catalans have gone on to reach four finals (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014) after aggregate semi-final wins against Mallorca (3-1), Almeria (5-0), Valencia (3-1) and Real Sociedad (3-1), respectively. Barça finished the tournament as champions twice (2009 and 2012), beating Athletic Club Bilbao on both occasions: 4-1 at Mestalla and 3-0 at the Vicente Calderón.

Time confirmed

FC Barcelona may not know who they’ll meet in the semis yet, but we already know the kick-off time of the first leg. It will be on February 11 at 8.00pm (CET) in the Camp Nou. The second leg will be on Wednesday 4 March at a time yet to be confirmed.

Good results at the Camp Nou

For the sixth time in eight years, FC Barcelona will play their Spanish Cup semi-final first leg at home. In the previous five cases, they have scored a total 15 goals and conceded just three, going on to reach the final three times. Here are the results of those first legs:

FCB 2-0 Real Sociedad (2013/14)
FCB 5-0 Almeria (2010/11)                                                                        
FCB 2-0 Mallorca (2008/09)                                                                                
FCB 1-1 Valencia (2007/08)                                                                                FCB 5-2 Getafe (2006/07)

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