|Copa del Rey|
Fifth round, second leg
Valencia and Sevilla, cup winners from the last two seasons, will meet in the quarter finals after both won through their fifth round ties on Wednesday night. Valencia beat Racing Santander 3-1, although they needed extra time to do so. Vicente opened the scoring from the penalty spot early on after Oriol cut out his cross with his arm, but only three minutes later Colsa equalised with an acrobatic over head kick. The game went in to extra time, and Vicente intercepted a bad back pass from Oriol to score his second of the night. And Joaquín wrapped things up near the end after pulling down Villa's long ball before sweeping a shot past Toño.
Sevilla had a tricky visit to Deportivo after a narrow 2-1 victory in the first leg, but Jesús Navas set them on the way to a 0-3 win when he struck a first time volley under the legs of Fabricio from Capel's cross in the first minute of the game. Two defensive mistakes by Colotto and Piscu allowed Luis Fabiano to add two more before the break, and although Colotto had hit the post in between, it seemed to be all over. Omar Bravo got himself sent off after the restart, but then Palop too was given his marching orders after fouling Colotto in the area. With all three changes made Chevantón went in goal, but even so Pablo Alvarez fired the spot kick against the post. A third win for in a week for Sevilla against the Galicians, and they are in to the last eight.
Another attractive tie for the next round will be the Barcelona city derby. FC Barcelona built on their first leg victory against Atlético Madrid with a 2-1 win in the Nou Camp, although there were some nerves at first when Sinama-Pongolle headed the visitors in to the lead from Simao's free kick early on. Busquets had had a goal disallowed and Bojan shot straight at Coupet before that, but Bojan headed in Sylvinho's cross to equalise a few minutes later. Márquez had to clear off the line after Cáceres allowed Simao through before the break, but Gudjohnsen got the winner after the restart, drilling a shot past the keeper after an effort from Busquets had been blocked.
Guardiola's side will now play Espanyol, who scraped though on the away goal rule against second division B team Poli Ejido. The only goal in a 1-0 win came from a Luis García corner early on, Román's near post header helped on by Robles in to his own net. The Catalans had to hold on after that though, with Molina and Juli having shots blocked before the break and Berenguer lucky to be let off a penalty appeal when the ball hit him on the arm after the restart. Angel did head wide later on, but it was another unconvincing performance from Mané's team, even though they did record their first win since he took over at the beginning of December.
The winner of that tie will meet the winner of the tie between Betis and Mallorca in the semi-finals. Betis won through 1-0 against the other second division B side Real Unión, who had knocked out Real Madrid in the last round. The Andalusians were already a goal up from the first leg, and Arzu turned in Pavone's cross midway through the first half to put the game beyond the reach of the Basque team. Pavone, Seguro and Damià could all have added to the lead later on, but Ricardo also had to be on his toes in the local goal to keep out a couple of efforts from Juan.
Mallorca meanwhile drew 1-1 at Almería to go through 4-2 on aggregate. Piatti gave the locals some hope with an early goal, volleying a José Ortíz cross past Aouate, and Negredo and Carlos García came close to putting Hugo Sánchez's side ahead in the tie. But Arango struck a long free kick past Esteban with just under half an hour gone to take the islanders through to the last eight. After that the locals gave up, and Scaloni could have increased the lead later on.
A last minute goal from Jorge against Valladolid secured Sporting Gijón a berth in the quarter finals against the winner of tomorrow's tie between Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna. Borja hit the bar before Canobbio turned in a Marcos cross to open the scoring midway through the first half. And when substitute Pedro León latched on to Alvaro Rubio's pass to score his side's second they were ahead on the away goal rule. However Jorge headed in Omar's corner in the last minute to take the Asturians through instead. (14.01.09)
Athletic Bilbao beat local rivals Osasuna 2-0 on Thursday evening to complete the quarter final line up. Gabilondo latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the area to fire in the first in only the fourth minute. And Josetxo deflected Susaeta's cross past his own keeper Ricardo a few minutes later to make it two. Camacho's side had a chance to get back in the game after the break when Gabilondo fouled Portillo in the area, but Iraizoz guessed correctly and saved the striker's penalty kick. (15.01.09)