Spanish Giants Crash Out Of Copa Del Rey

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Four LaLiga clubs have been eliminated from Spain’s prestigious cup competition this week with FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Villarreal all losing to Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Granada as well as Segunda Division side CD Mirandes. 

The cup action began on Tuesday night with 10th placed side Granada welcoming 5th placed Valencia to the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes. Former Tottenham striker, Roberto Soldado gave Diego Martínez Penas’ side the lead after just three minutes into the tie.

Twelve minutes later, Valencia thought they’d equalised through ex Real Madrid player Rodrigo but his effort was ruled out by VAR as the 28-year-old had strayed into an offside position before putting the ball past Aarón Escandell in the Nazaríes goal.

Five minutes before half time Albert Celades’ side levelled as Rodrigo’s volleyed the ball into Granada’s net after being set up by midfielder, Francis Coquelin. It meant that at half time in Andalusia, the tie was evenly poised at 1-1.

In the second half, both sides had changes to extend their lead but neither of them could find the back of the net. The winning goal came in the 90th minute as Roberto Soldado scored his and Granada’s second from the penalty spot after Valencia defender, Jaume Costa had handled the ball inside the penalty area. The result meant that Diego Martinez’s side were the first team to progress into the semi-finals of the 2019-20 Copa Del Rey.

On Wednesday night, Segunda Division side CD Mirandes, who had knocked out Sevilla in the previous round of the competition welcomed Villarreal, who are currently 7th in the LaLiga to the Estadio Municipal de Anduva. Andoni Iraola’s side took a shock lead just 17 minutes into the encounter, after Matheus Aias fired past Andres Fernandez in the Villarreal goal, with Martin Merquelanz being credited with the assist.

Fifteen minutes later El Submarino Amarillo equalised as Javier Ontiveros curled the ball into the back of Jesus Regillos Moya Limones’ net as Javier Calleja’s side found a way back into this thrilling cup tie.

On the stroke of half time, Mirandes were awarded a penalty after Xavi Quintilla handled in the penalty area, up-stepped Martin Merquelanz, who scored the spot kick to give Iraola’s side the lead at the interval.

Just eleven minutes into the second 45 minutes and Villarreal were awarded a penalty as Los Rojillos player, Odei Onaindia handled the ball inside his own penalty area, up-stepped Santi Cazorla, who pulled Calleja’s side level to make the scoreline 2-2 in The Province of Burgos. Two minutes later, Onaindia atoned for his error as 30-year-old defender tapped him from a free kick to make the scoreline 3-2 to the hosts and Merquelanz had his second assist of the encounter.

In the 90th minute, Antonio Sanchez made it 4-2 to the Jabatos after firing home from outside the penalty area, which gave Villarreal goalkeeper, Andres Fernandez no chance of keeping it out. Mirandes, who are the only non LaLiga side left in this years competition join Granada in the semi-final draw after yet another giant killing.

Onto Thursday nights action now and Real Madrid hosted Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Imanol Alguacil’s side took a shock lead as Real Madrid loanee, Martin Ødegaard scored against his parent club just 22 minutes into the match. Both sides had chances to score but neither side were able to find the back of the net. Half time in Madrid and Zidane’s side trialled by just the one goal to nil.

Into the second now and Real Sociedad thought they had made it 2-0 after Alexander Isak found the back of Areola’s net, however his strike was ruled out by VAR after the 20-year-old was adjudged to have been offside when he slotted home.

In the 54th minute of this cup tie, Isak did eventually make it 2-0 to the visitors after volleying past Areola after being expertly set up Ander Barrenetxea. Two minutes later the Txuri-urdinak made it 3-0 as Isak scored his second goal of the tie, after pouncing on Nacho’s mishit clearance before thundering an unstoppable shot high beyond the 26-year-old, Areola in the Los Blancos goal.

Three minutes later, Marcelo scored past Alex Remiro in Sociedad’s goal to make it 1-3 after being set up by Brahim Diaz. In the 69th minute, Imanol’s side went 4-1 up after Mikel Merino slotted home after being set up by Isak, after the young Swede picked out Merino with a cross from the edge of the penalty area.

With nine minutes of normal time left, Real Madrid made it 2-4 as Rodrygo was set up by Vinicius Junior, VAR did end up checking the goal for a possible offside, however the goal was allowed to stand, much to the delight of the Los Merengues fans. Three minutes into added time, Zidane’s side were given a lifeline as Nacho Fernandez headed home from close range to make it 3-4 after being set up by team-mate, Karim Benzema. Real Sociedad became the third side through to the semi-finals after narrowly beating the side from the Spanish capital .

The final game of the quarter finals came from the San Mames Barria, where Athletic Bilbao faced FC Barcelona. During a rather drab first half, neither side was able to find the back of their respective nets as the final match of the round ended up being 0-0 at the interval.

After a host of yellow cards for both sides in the opening exchanges of the second 45 minutes, it was Gaizka Garitano’s team, who took a well deserved lead in the final minutes of this cup tie after, Inaki Williams scored  past Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Blaugrana net, after Ibai Gomez put in a dangerous cross, with the 25-year-old striker heading past Barcelona’s German international keeper.  Quique Setien’s side had chances to equalise but Barcelona failed to test Unai Simón in the Los Leones goal as Garitano’s side held on to join Real Sociedad, Granada and CD Mirandes in the semi-finals.

 

 

 

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