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Neymar nets 2 as Barcelona beats 9-man Atletico 3-2 to reach Copa del Rey semifinals

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MADRID — Neymar scored twice to lead Barcelona past nine-man Atletico Madrid and into the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 3-2 victory that went from pulsating to unseemly at Vicente Calderon Stadium on Wednesday.

Barcelona advanced 4-2 on aggregate to meet Villarreal or Getafe next.

PHOTO: Barcelona's Neymar, left, scores his second goal during a second leg quarterfinal Copa del Rey soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Barcelona's Neymar, left, scores his second goal during a second leg quarterfinal Copa del Rey soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Barcelona won the first leg 1-0, but Atletico's Fernando Torres needed just 39 seconds to score and set off an electric first half.

Lionel Messi started the first of two counterattacks for Neymar to strike in the ninth minute.

Atletico's Raul Garcia converted a penalty in the 30th, but Miranda's own goal left Atletico reeling before Neymar scored before halftime.

Atletico self-destructed with Gabi Fernandez sent off during a halftime scuffle. Mario Suarez was ejected in the 84th.

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