Copa del Rey, fourth round, first leg
Six more cup games on Wednesday, with the surprise of the round so far being Pontevedra's 1-0 win over Zaragoza. Víctor got the only goal for the second division B side near the end to add another disappointment to Víctor Fernández's season, although they still have a chance to overturn the result in the second leg at the beginning of January.
Villarreal didn't slip up though, a 2-4 win against the second division's bottom side Las Palmas giving them a foot in the next round. It was not plain sailing though, early goals by Guille Franco and Pires being cancelled out by strikes either side of half time by twins Sergio and Francis Suárez. However the Canary Islanders had David García sent off, and the visitors took advantage with late goals from Bruno and Guille Franco.
Second division leaders Málaga came in to their tie against Racing Santander looking to keep a clean sheet, and although they achieved their objective they were unable to do more than draw 0-0. Further down the road neighbours Xerez and Recreativo Huelva met, with the first division side running out 0-1 winners thanks to a goal from Marquitos three minutes from the end.
There were two all first division fixtures, with Levante repeating their only league win to date by beating Almería 2-1. Riga got both goals for the Valencia based side in the first half, with Natalio equalising temporarily for the visitors in between. And honours were shared between Valladolid and Murcia, with Baiano opening the scoring for the visitors in the first minute of the second half and Camacho levelling the scores a few minutes later.
The other seven first leg ties are scheduled to take place on or around the 12th and 19th December. (14.11.07)
First division clubs finally entered the fray in the fourth round, with three games kicking off on Tuesday night. Barcelona beat second division B side Alcoyano 0-3 to take some of the pressure off coach Frank Rijkaard, although they only wrapped things up late on after their opponents had been left with nine men. Henry put them in front midway through the first half, and a Gudjohnsen penalty and a strike by Bojan in the last few minutes virtually sealed the tie.
Cup holders Sevilla were unable to do more than draw 1-1 against a Denia side who are next to bottom of their 2B regional group. Chevantón put the Andalusians ahead with a quarter of an hour to go, but Pablo equalised to send the local crowd wild just a couple of minutes later.
And Athletic Bilbao were held to a 2-2 draw by Andoni Goikoetxea's Hércules, who were two up at half time with goals from Llera and Cámara. Del Horno set up Llorente and then scored himself later in the second half though to give the Basque side the advantage going in to the second leg. (13.11.07)