Copa del Rey - quarter-finals, first leg
A Real Madrid side containing eight reserve players were held to a 1-1 draw by Mallorca in the Bernabeu stadium, and now have an uphill battle in the second leg next Wednesday. Del Bosque only included first choice players Roberto Carlos, Flavio and Ronaldo in his starting line up, but it looked as if they were going to cruise to a win anyway when Portillo headed his eighth goal in the competition from Raúl Bravo's cross with less than a quarter of an hour on the clock. However the visitors dominated from there on, and Nadal scored a deserved equaliser in the second half, chesting down a corner before beating César. Figo and Raúl came on soon afterwards, but to little effect. (23.01.03)
Surprises in the three first leg games played on Wednesday night, starting at La Coruña, where Deportivo were held for 85 minutes at least by second division Murcia. In the end Duscher slipped the ball over the line from Amavisca's assist to give the Gallicians a 1-0 victory, but not before Irureta had taken off Diego Tristán and Luque who both started alongside Makaay in an aggressive line up. The return leg has been scheduled for Thursday next week in order for the game to be televised.
Atlético Madrid manager Luis Aragonés rested seven of his first choice players and paid the price, his side losing 1-0 to the first division's bottom club Recreativo. The only goal of the game came from a Viqueira free kick eight minutes in to the second half, setting up a fascinating second leg which will be played next Tuesday night. The bad news was an injury to Atlético's Aguilera, who was rushed off to hospital near the end of the game after swallowing his tongue when hit in the face by the ball.
Sevilla should have won their first leg game against a depleted Osasuna side, but Toedtli missed a second half penalty and they ended up drawing 1-1. Reyes had given the local side the lead in the first half, but a Javi Navarro own goal from Alfredo's free kick made it all square before half time. The game took place in the Chapín stadium in Jerez, Sevilla's fourth and final game in exile following their ground closure. (22.01.03)