Copa del Rey, final phase, quarter finals, first leg
A hotly disputed penalty in the second half of the game gave Deportivo a 1-0 win over Valencia. Both teams could have scored in an active first half, but the home side were left with ten men when Duscher was sent off for a tackle on Raúl Albiol shortly before the break. The visitors were unable to take advantage though, and with twelve minutes to go referee Iturralde González awarded a rigorous penalty for a foul by Carboni on Capdevila which Sergio gratefully tucked away. (19.01.06)
New signing Antonio Cassano scored a controversial goal within two minutes of coming on as substitute to give Real Madrid a 0-1 win at Betis. The Italian striker appeared to foul keeper Doblas as he prepared to punch clear a high deflection, the ball falling to the forward for him tapped it in to the net from close up. Before that the hosts had been the closer to scoring, Tardelli and Dani having efforts saved by Diego López (who had to go off injured in the first half), and Cicinho heading off the line from Capi after the restart. But in the end Madrid have the edge for next week's second leg.
A first goal as well for Espanyol new boy Walter Pandiani, who opened the scoring for his side in their 0-2 victory at Cádiz. The first half had been pretty even, Iraizoz saving a couple of efforts early on and De Quintana turning Zabaleta's cross against the upright at the other end Just five minutes after the restart though, Pandiani got on the end of Juanfran's cross to turn the ball past Navas, and Fredson wrapped things up with a shot from the edge of the area just two minutes from the end. (18.01.06)
Copa del Rey, final phase, first round, second leg
Zaragoza will be Barcelona's opponents in the quarter final after they drew 2-2 to Atlético Madrid in their postponed second leg game from the previous round. Cani put Víctor Muñoz's side ahead in the tenth minute with a shot from close up, and Cani set up Oscar González to poke home a second midway through the first half. However Kezman got one back soon afterwards from Galletti's cross, and a quarter of an hour in to the second half Galletti levelled the scores on the night after a good run by Fernando Torres. But Zaragoza's 0-1 win from the first leg saw them through. (18.01.06)