The Andalucians, who knocked out Real Betis and Atletico
Madrid on their way to the semis, dominated throughout and took
an early lead when midfielder Ignacio Benitez netted with a
superbly struck shot on 18 minutes.
Osasuna were forced to play practically the whole of the
second half with just 10 men after forward Gorka Brit was sent
off for insulting a linesman and Recreativo took late advantage
when Raul Molina broke away to score his side's second in injury
Real Mallorca gained the edge over holders Deportivo Coruna
in the other semi-final with an important 3-2 away win at the
Riazor on Wednesday.
Recreativo, who like opponents Osasuna have never reached
the final of the Cup, began in confident fashion and came close
to snatching the lead on seven minutes when Iker Begona's bullet
header was touched over the bar by keeper Juan Carlos Unzue.
But there was nothing he could do to prevent Benitez from
giving his side the lead.
The midfielder threaded a stinging left foot shot through a
forest of players and into the far corner after an Osasuna
clearance fell to him on the edge of the area.
Osasuna never really found their rhythm and only had one
real scoring effort in the first half when Uruguayan striker
Richard Morales fired straight at keeper Jose Luque.
The Navarrans, who are coached by former Mexican national
team boss Javier Aguirre, sparked into life after the break and
went in search of an equaliser.
Brit caused problems for Luque with a sharp shot on 49
minutes and midfielder Inaki Munoz went close with a long range
effort. But Brit let his team mates down soon after with his
Recreativo took advantage in injury time when substitute
striker Molina raced through to score.