Copa del Rey, semi-finals, first leg

Getafe 3 - Racing Santander 1

Getafe are on track for a second cup final appearance in a row after a 3-1 victory over Racing Santander on Thursday evening. De la Red headed Michael Laudrup's side in front midway through the first half, but Smolarek turned in a Jorge López free kick to equalise for the Cantabrians just three minutes later. Casquero restored the lead though after Pablo set him up a few minutes after the restart, and Manu del Moral made it three with seven minutes to go, firing the rebound past Toño after the keeper had parried his first header. (28.02.08)

Barcelona 1 - Valencia 1

A last second goal from Xavi saved a 1-1 draw for Barcelona against Valencia in the opening match of the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup. Although Frank Rijkaard's side were on top for much of the ninety minutes, they could not break down a well ordered defence. And they went behind with twenty minutes to go when David Villa got on the end of Arizmendi's cross to beat Valdés. However with the game coming to an end Hildebrand blocked a shot from Eto'o, and Xavi drove the rebound through a crowded goalmouth into the bottom far corner of the net to save his side from defeat. (27.02.08)