By FOX Sports Staff
Falcao and Diego Costa starred for Atletico Madrid in their 2-2 draw over Sevilla that helped the Rojiblancos set up a Copa del Rey final tie against city rivals Real Madrid after a 4-3 aggregate win. The latter scored the first goal and set up his Colombian team mate for the second goal in the first half to seal the match which was marred by red cards to Sevilla duo Gary Medel and Geoffrey Kondogbia.
"Being in the final is very important for Atletico, [so] we are pleased and we are proud," Falcao told reporters after the match.
"The end of the match was ugly, but it doesn't matter," he added.
The former Porto man revealed that the early goals helped propel his side to the final.
"We had a good strategy. We knew they would try to win and that would give us chances, and we took advantage.
"I'm happy because we put in a lot of work and effort."
Costa was the victim of a poor tackle from Kondogbia which resulted in the Sevilla player's sending off. He explained that he was careful not to rise to the bait after the challenge despite his checkered disciplinary history.
"It was a tough game but we knew if we played like we know how we'd be able to get through it," the forward said after the game.
"I had it all under control," he added, "I made sure I stayed on the floor so I couldn't get up and react [after the tackle from Kondogbia]. People used to talk about me as if I was a murderer because of the way I played. I know that I was wrong back then and now I try to control myself. They [Sevilla's players] didn't go out looking to wind me up, I was just there."
He said: "The team are playing well and that's why things are going well for me. I don't consider myself to be a talisman, I just work hard from one day to the next so I can improve, I hope I can keep doing that."
Diego Simeone's side will meet Real Madrid in the fina, but Costa insisted that he and his team-mates had no preference about who they would face.
"We just wanted to get to the final, we didn't think about who we were going to play," he said.
"Now we have to focus on the league again and keep going."
Costa is set to meet Sergio Ramos and Pepe, two players whom he had a confrontation with in the Madrid derby earlier in December, but the Brazilian striker played down the tension between them.
"We shook hands after that game, there's no problem between us," he stressed.