Copa del Rey, fifth round, second leg
Real Madrid are out of the cup on the away goals rule after a 1-1 draw in their second leg match with Betis. The goal-less draw from the first leg gave Capello's side the advantage, and when Robinho fired home a deflected shot with only five minutes on the clock they appeared to be on their way to qualifying. But despite putting out a line up full of reserve players, Luis Fernández's side equalised when Dani finished off after Maldonado headed on Isidoro's cross, and that was how it stayed. (18.01.07)
Six games on Wednesday, with Sevilla also having some problems before beating second division B side Rayo Vallecano 3-1. Youngster Alfaro put the Andalusians ahead early on, but Mauri equalised with a low shot soon afterwards, giving them the lead in the tie on the away goals rule. It was only twenty minutes from the end that Kanouté headed in a long cross to restore the advantage, and Alfaro wrapped things up with a third goal near the end.
The result of the day though was surely Getafe's 2-4 victory at Valencia. David Silva put the home side ahead following a corner, but Nacho equalised before the break, and then set up Güiza with a clever back heel two minutes after the restart. Güiza laid on a third goal for Casquero and then scored the fourth himself from David Cortés's lofted pass, and a late header from Raúl Albiol was only scant consolation for the locals.
Only one lower ranked side made it through to the last eight, Valladolid winning 0-1 at Villarreal to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to nineteen games. The only goal of the game came from a Javi Baraja penalty midway through the first half after Arruabarrena fouled Alvaro. The locals were left with ten men after Cani was shown a second yellow card for protesting after the half time whistle, and although numbers were evened up when Chema was also sent off later on, visiting keeper Jacobo did the rest.
Osasuna made short shrift of Atlético Madrid, racing into a two goal lead early on and holding on after that for a 2-0 victory. Puñal got both of the goals, the first with a shot from outside of the area, and the second from the penalty spot after Seitaridis brought down Corrales.
Zaragoza are also through, although it was only thanks to their three goal victory in the first leg after losing 0-1 at home to Málaga. Ristic put the Andalusians ahead on the quarter hour mark, and the second division side could have won by a bigger margin with a bit more luck.
Deportivo also qualified on the strength of a first leg away victory against Mallorca, the two sides drawing 1-1 on the night in the Riazor stadium. Jankovic put the visitors ahead with a spectacular first half strike, but Ballesteros was sent off after giving away a penalty on Riki after the restart, and Sergio slotted home the resulting spot kick. (17.01.07)
A hat-trick from Saviola in a 3-2 win over Alavés on Tuesday evening was enough to see Barcelona through to the quarter finals. The unsettled striker added two more to the two he scored in the first leg, the first a lucky rebound and the second a well guided header. But strikes from Wellington Paulista and Arthuro levelled the score before the break, and there were a couple of scares for the local fans before Saviola latched on to Xavi's chipped pass to volley home the winner. (16.01.07)