Copa del Rey, third round
Another four first division sides were dumped out of the competition by second division B sides on Thursday evening. Mallorca suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Alcoyano, and Racing Santander were beaten 1-0 by Burgos. Real Sociedad were unable to score even one goal in the penalty shoot out and lost to Zamora, and Málaga were also beaten by Baza on penalties. Zaragoza were very close to joining them as well, Alicante missing the penalty kick which would have given them victory and César saving another to take his side through.
A late header by Kezman gave Atlético Madrid a 0-1 win at Las Palmas, and Athletic Bilbao also won by the same scoreline at Real Unión. A hat-trick by Celta's Perera knocked out Tenisca, the only third division side left in the competition, and Cádiz had to wait until extra time to beat Albacete. Getafe won their local derby match at Rayo Vallecano 1-2, even though Michel's side staged a late comeback, and L'Hospitalet recovered from two down to beat Nàstic 4-3. Finally Lleida made it through with a goal in the last minute of extra time at the new Logroñes, and second division leaders Xerez beat Numancia 3-2. The fourth round draw takes place tomorrow afternoon. (20.10.05)
The third round of the cup kicked off this week, with the eleven first division sides not competing in Europe joining the 17 survivors from earlier rounds. And there was already a surprise in the first match, Second division Eibar beating Alavés 1-0 thanks to a first minute strike from Arriaga. All remaining ties take place tomorrow. (19.10.05)