Copa del Rey, fourth round, second leg
The fifth round will be all first division after Zaragoza and Levante won through their respective ties on Thursday. Zaragoza only made it in the second minute of injury time though after beating Pontevedra 3-1. Already a goal behind from the first leg, an Igor strike on the quarter hour mark meant they needed three to win. A Diego Milito penalty and a second goal from Oliveira after the break put them on track though, and Sergio García headed the third right at the end. Levante also waited until virtually the last kick of the match to draw 1-1 at Almería and go through 3-2 on aggregate. Pulido appeared to have won it for the locals with a goal in the first minute of injury time, but Alvaro equalised three minutes later. (03.01.07)
Fourteen first division sides qualified for the next round of the cup on Wednesday night, although it was not plain sailing for many of them. Real Madrid left it until injury time before beating second division B side Alicante 2-1, Guti getting the goal which avoided an embarrassing 30 minutes of extra time. Robben had given Schuster's side the lead in the first half after Higuaín set him up, but Borja headed the equaliser after the break. Barcelona had virtually sewn up their tie with Alcoyano in the first leg, and two early goals from Ezquerro added to the three his side scored a couple of weeks ago. But a Perona penalty and a late goal from Arnau made it 2-2 on the night, a disappointment for Frank Rijkaard and the local fans.
Sevilla were the closest of the lot to be eliminated though, two goals in the last three minutes giving them an incredible 4-3 win over Denia. The Andalusians appeared to be cruising when Luis Fabiano and Fazio put them two up early on, but goals by José Jaime, Gregory and Migue gave the minnows the lead. A Chevantón strike and an injury time penalty from Kanouté saved the day however for the locals. No such problems for their city neighbours Betis though, Xisco scoring early on and Mark González and Edu adding two more after the break in a 3-0 win over Elche.
Villarreal were pretty sure of going through after their first leg victory against the second division's bottom side Las Palmas, but Sergio Sánchez pegged one back for the Canary Islanders before Rossi and Guille Franco turned the scoreline around. And Atlético Madrid had a late scare before going through on aggregate against Granada 74, Mista's goal being cancelled out by an injury time Aranda penalty, the match ending 1-1 on the night.
Recreativo too could only draw 1-1 against Xerez, the Huelva based side going through on the strength of their single goal first leg victory. Antoñito gave the visitors hope with a goal shortly before half time, but their joy only lasted a minute before Martins equalised. A more comfortable passage for Racing Santander though, a Bolado strike and a Carpintero own goal in the first quarter of the game giving them a 2-0 win over a Málaga side who had their mind on other matters.
Getafe had no problems seeing off 2B side Burgos with a 4-1 victory. Uche scored twice, including one from the penalty spot, with Camacho getting one in between. And new signing Gavilán celebrated his return to the club with a fourth later on. Nacho Garrido got one back from the penalty spot for the visitors. Valladolid will also be in Friday's draw after they beat Murcia 2-3. Richi cancelled out Ogbeche's early goal for the visitors, but Camacho and Estoyanoff scored two more for Mendilibar's side before Iñigo set up a frantic finish.
Two more all first division games, with Mallorca overturning a two goal first leg deficit to beat Osasuna 4-0. All the goals came in the last 25 minutes, With Aranda, Güiza and David Navarro scoring before Güiza got his second of the night from the penalty spot. The match between Deportivo and Espanyol went into extra time after a Sergio penalty equalised Luis García's first half goal. But a strike from Tamudo with six minutes to go gave the Catalans a 1-2 victory.
Valencia and Athletic Bilbao were the last two to kick off, and both won their respective matches against lower division opposition. Valencia beat Real Unión 3-0 to take some pressure off coach Ronald Koeman, although the goals didn't come until after the break when Zigic opened the scoring and Joaquín added two more near the end. And Athletic Bilbao won 2-0 against Hércules, the Basque side also leaving it late with a David López free kick and an Aduríz penalty tipping the scales in their favour. (02.01.08)