Teams qualifying for third round of the Spanish cup:
From second division A: Alavés, Alcorcón, Deportivo, Eibar, Girona, Hércules, Jaén, Las Palmas, Lugo, Recreativo;
From lower divisions: Burgos, Cartagena, Haro, Laudio, Leganés, Lleida, Nàstic, Olimpic Xativa, Racing Santander, Sant Andreu, Tudelano, Xerez, plus Algeciras, who were given a bye from the first round.
The draw takes place on Friday, with the second division sides paired together in one group, and the lower division sides drawn separately in another group. One of the lower ranked sides (not Algeciras) will be given a bye. Games to be played over one leg in mid-October, with the winners joining the 20 first division clubs in the fourth round. (11.09.13)
Deportivo are the only one of the teams relegated from the first division last season to get through the second round of the cup, and even they had to endure a round of no less than 28 penalties before they finally beat Córdoba 12-13 in the shoot out. The game had ended 2-2 after 120 minutes, Caballero putting the locals ahead midway through the first half, but strikes from Seoane and Luis early in the second half turning things around before Abel equalized again. Depor had Deak sent off near the end of extra time, but they held on to the end, and Dávila missed the last spot kick. The tie between Lugo and Mirandés also went to a penalty shoot out, the Galicians winning it 4-3 after the match finished 1-1. Juan Muñiz gave the visitors the lead in the second minute, but Pablo Alvarez made it all square twenty minutes later, and Manu missed a first half penalty before making up for it with the last of the spot kicks in the shoot out.
The game between Recreativo and Sporting Gijon also went in to extra time, but the locals won it 3-2 in the end thanks to a late strike by Ezequiel. It was a brave performance by the Asturians though, Lekic and Iván Hernández levelling it twice after two goals by Linares, even though they had to play over half the game with ten men after Santi Jara was sent off just after the break. Recreativo will be joined by neighbours Jaén after they beat Numancia 1-0, Jona getting the only goal late in the first half. Murcia are out though after they lost 2-0 to Hércules, veteran midfielder De Lucas opening the scoring for the locals only two minutes in to his debut for his new team, and youngster Alex Muñoz getting the second for the Alicante based side later on.
Mixed results for the Canary Island sides, with Las Palmas going through after winning 1-3 at Sabadell, but Tenerife knocked out after a 1-0 defeat at Eibar. Masoud gave Lobera's side the lead in the Nova Creu Alta stadium on the quarter hour mark, but Gato levelled it for the Catalans from the penalty spot five minutes after the restart. The referee let visiting defender David García off a red card though, and then allowed an offside goal by Asdrúbal to stand, and Tato wrapped things up in injury time. Meanwhile Tenerife put up a good fight, but a single goal by Urko Vera some seven minutes in to the second half saw the Basque team through. Earlier in the day (it was a public holiday in Catalunya) Girona also made it in to the third round after beating Ponferradina 2-1. They had to come from behind to do so though, Robusté putting the visitors ahead on the stroke of half time, but Juncà and Felipe Sanchón saving the day for the locals with two goals in a minute near the end.
Two other games involving the lower ranked sides also kicked off in Catalunya at mid-day, Sant Andreu beating Olot 2-0, and Nàstic winning through on penalties for the second round in a row, this time against Albacete. Their neighbours L'Hospitalet were knocked out later in the day by Racing Santander though, the Barcelona based side putting up a brave fight with ten men before Miguélez got the winner for the Cantabrians with two minutes of extra time left to play. One other Catalan side did qualify for the third round though, Lleida winning 2-0 against Caudal thanks to late goals by Imaz and Didac.
Two third division teams go in to the hat for Friday's draw, La Rioja based Haro, who beat Sariñena 1-0, and the doubly relegated Xerez, who knocked out Fuenlabrada on penalties. The Andalusians are hoping to bolster their dwindling finances winning through to the fourth round, where they would be guaranteed a lucrative tie against one of the first division sides playing in Europe. Huesca will not be taking any further part in the competition though after they lost 0-1 at home to Cartagena, and elsewhere there were victories for Burgos, Leganés, Tudelano, Laudio and Olympic Xativa. (11.09.13)
Zaragoza and Mallorca are already out of the cup after both lost on Tuesday evening! Zaragoza were beaten 1-0 by Alavés, Viguera heading the only goal from Oscar Serrano's corner in the fourth minute of injury time. The Maños had had the better chances up to then, but with two minutes to go Abraham was sent off for a second bookable offence, and with extra time looming Viguera struck to leave visiting coach Paco Herrera facing a bleak future. Mallorca meanwhile lost 1-4 to Alcorcón, the side they beat in the league at the weekend. Alcorcón's new signings did the damage though, Dani Pacheco and Antonio Martínez putting the Madrid based side two up at the break, and Oscar Plano helping himself to two more before substitute Gerard Moreno scored a late consolation for the Islanders. All other games take place tomorrow. (10.09.13)