Copa del Rey, fourth round, second leg
Sevilla had no problems overturning their first leg deficit against Ponferradina on Thursday night, Luis Fabiano scoring a hat-trick and Maresca rounding things off in a 4-0 victory. Elsewhere Osasuna clocked up their first victory of the season, Pandiani taking advantage of a first half goalkeeping error to beat Getafe 1-0. All of that means that there will be fourteen sides from the first division in the next round draw, with second division B teams Real Unión and Poli Ejido the odd ones out. (13.11.08)
Villarreal were never expected to overturn the 5-0 first leg result against second division B side Poli Ejido, but they could have done better in the second leg than draw 1-1 at home. Guille Franco equalised an early goal from Jorge Molina, but Viera had to save a late penalty to even save a draw. Otherwise there were no real surprises on Wednesday, although several of the top sides had problems seeing off lower ranked opposition. Barcelona could only beat Benidorm 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Messi, and that after the keeper had saved his penalty kick. And Atlético Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw against Orihuela, only going through thanks to Forlán's strike in the first leg.
Comfortable wins for the rest though, with Angulo, Michel and Pablo scoring as Valencia beat regional third division side Portugalete 3-0. Two late goals from Hércules gave them a 2-2 draw at Valladolid, but the four goal cushion from the first leg was more than enough to see the first division club through. And Almería had no problems finishing off Rayo Vallecano with José Ortíz scoring twice in a 3-0 win. A Pablo Alvarez penalty and another goal from Omar Bravo saw Deportivo beat Elche 2-0, and Emaná and Sergio García were on target as Betis beat Castellón 2-0.
Racing Santander were the only other first division side to start the second leg at a disadvantage, but goals from Tchité and Jonathan Pereira took them through 2-0 against Murcia. And Espanyol built on the 2-2 draw from their first leg at Celta, with Jarque opening the scoring early on in a 3-0 victory. There were three all first division matches, a late Llorente penalty giving Athletic Bilbao an aggregate victory over Recreativo despite a 2-1 defeat on the night. Sporting Gijón added to their first leg lead with a 2-0 win over Numancia, Barral getting both of their goals. And Mallorca saw off Málaga, David Navarro and Keita on the scoresheet in a 2-0 victory. The last two matches take place tomorrow. (12.11.08)
Real Madrid are out of the cup! Bernd Schuster's side were eliminated by second division B side Real Unión on the away goal rule after the second leg finished 4-3! The Basque team went ahead twice through Abasolo and Salcedo, but Raúl equalised both times. And after youngster Alberto Bueno got a third and then Raúl completed a hat-trick, Madrid appeared to be through. But Eneko Romo headed a third goal for the visitors in the last minute to complete one of the biggest surprises in Spanish cup history. (11.11.08)