Copa del Rey, quarter finals, second leg
Ties to be played over two legs on 27th February and 19th March. Final to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on 16th April. (01.02.08)
A goal from Thierry Henry was just enough to see Barcelona through 1-0 against Villarreal after a scoreless draw in the first leg. Messi was a constant nightmare for the visiting defence, with Diego López making a couple of good saves and Cygan getting himself sent off after a second booking for a tackle on the Argentinian star. Henry headed in Deco's free kick close to half time from a possible offside position to open the scoring, and Diego López saved a Messi penalty in the second half after the keeper had brought down Bojan, but the local fans were on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.
Racing Santander made it through to their first ever cup semi-final after a 3-3 draw at Athletic Bilbao earlier in the evening. A two goal lead from the first leg was pegged back when Amorebieta headed in Yeste's free kick and then Muñoz slotted home a penalty after Oriol fouled Llorente. But Duscher connected with Oscar Serrano's cross to get one back after the break, and although Susaeta restored the two goal cushion, goals from Tchité and Serrano took the Cantabrians through to Friday's draw. (31.01.08)
Valencia were the first club to qualify for the semi-finals, Ronald Koeman's side going through on the away goal rule despite a 3-2 defeat at Atlético Madrid. Within twenty minutes of the kick off the locals had overturned their visitors' first leg lead, Miguel turning Diego Forlán's cross past his own keeper and Agüero scoring a second after Forlán set him up. But before half time Valencia drew back level, Cléber deflecting the ball past his own keeper and Mata firing a shot wide of Falcón. Atlético needed two to win, and Valera restored the lead with a header after the restart. However they were unable to get that last goal, and the Chés keep up their hopes of salvaging something from a disastrous season.
Last year's beaten finalists Getafe have another chance of a first ever piece of silverware after they too classified for the last four on the away goal rule, the 1-0 first leg victory the deciding factor after they lost 2-1 at Mallorca. The Balearic Islanders soon levelled the tie when Ibagaza's cross hit Licht on the arm, referee Iturralde González awarding a penalty which Ibagaza himself converted. Arango headed Gregorio Manzano's side in front after the interval from Güiza's cross, but with ten minutes to go a long free kick from Granero (who was later sent off) bounced past everyone into the net. (30.01.08)