Copa del Rey, quarter final second leg
A late goal from Zaragoza's Yordi on Thursday night was enough to knock Barcelona out of the competition. A goal down from the first leg, the Catalans made it all square when Luis García volleyed home a shot from outside of the area before the break. But with the possibility of extra time looming, Yordi hooked the ball past Víctor Valdes following a corner to take his side through to Friday's draw. The semi-finals take place over the next two weeks. (29.01.04)
Real Madrid cruised through to the semi-finals of the Spanish cup after beating Valencia 1-2 in the Mestalla stadium. Carlos Queiroz's side had a three goal lead from the first leg, and when Raúl ran on to Ronaldo's pass to score in the first half it left the locals with an impossible task. Xisco did level the scores after the break when Mista's header came back off the bar, but Zidane settled it with a last second free kick which took a deflection off the defensive wall.
Sevilla made it through to the last four for the first time since the early 1980s with a 1-2 victory over Atlético Madrid. The game was virtually over before it started thanks to the four goals scored by the Andalucians the week before, but an early strike from Fernando Torres gave the fans some hope. But they could not add to their total, and after Lequi was sent off for a second bookable offence, goals in the last five minutes from Baptista and Darío Silva wrapped things up.
Second division Alavés reached the semi-finals for the second time in their history after knocking out Celta Vigo, despite losing 1-0 in their second leg tie. Celta's new manager Radomir Antic arrived too late to take charge of the team, but he was in the stands to watch his side dominate the game but fail to take advantage of their chances. The only goal came from a Gustavo López free kick midway through the second half which bounced in off young keeper Juan Pablo. (28.01.04)