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. Valencia beat Racing Santander 3-1, although they needed extra time to do so after a spectacular overhead kick from Colsa cancelled out a Vicente penalty. Vicente intercepted a bad back pass from Oriol to score his second of the night though, and Joaquín wrapped things up near the end. 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 with a goal in the first minute of the game. Two defensive mistakes allowed Luis Fabiano to add two more before the break.
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 early on. Bojan headed in Sylvinho's cross to equalise a few minutes later though, and Gudjohnsen got the winner after the restart. Guardiola's side will now play Espanyol, who scraped though on the away goal rule against second division B side Poli Ejido. The only goal in a 1-0 win came from a Luis García corner early on, Román's header helped on by Robles in to his own net. The Catalans had to hold on though for their first win since Mané took over at the beginning of December.
The winner of that tie will meet the winner of the tie between Betis and Mallorca. 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. Mallorca meanwhile drew 1-1 at Almería to go through 4-2 on aggregate. Piatti gave the locals some hope with an early goal, but an Arango free kick took the islanders through.
A last minute goal from Jorge against Valladolid secured Sporting Gijón a berth in the last eight against Athletic Bilbao. Strikes midway through the first and second half from Canobbio and Pedro León put the home team ahead in the tie before the central defender headed in an injury time corner. The following day Athletic Bilbao beat Osasuna 2-0 to complete the quarter final line up. Gabilondo fired in the first in only the fourth minute, and Josetxo deflected Susaeta's cross past his own keeper a few minutes later for the final result. (15.01.09)