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Copa del Rey: Quarterfinals Review

Villarreal CF 3 - 6 Sevilla FC
Villarreal was looking to take an early advantage over Sevilla and win the first leg played at El Madrigal. After 30 minutes they had a 2-0 lead and after 55 minutes they led by the score of 3-1 and it looked like they will be carrying a healthy advantage going in the second leg. However, Sevilla fought back and managed to get a very favorable 3-3 draw in what was a very entertaining game. In the second match Sevilla never gave Villarreal an opportunity, scoring shortly after the beginning of both halves and comfortably advancing to the semifinals.

Villarreal: Cani, G. Rossi, M. Rúben
Sevilla: Á. Negredo (2), Alexis (2), Renato, F. Kanouté

FC Barcelona 6 - 3 Real Betis
On paper this looked like the most one sided match-up of the quarterfinals, but Betis proved to be no pushover, especially in the second leg. But let me start at the beginning; the first game ended in a 5-0 score. Betis defended well until just before half time, when Barca took the lead and in the second half they just piled on. Betis probably deserved a better fate in the first leg but in the second one they showed why they're the leading candidates to earn a promotion to the Primera División. They outplayed Barcelona's second team and won by the score of 3-1.

Barcelona: L. Messi (4) Pedro, S. Keita
Betis: J. Molina (2), Arzu

Deportivo La Coruña 2 - 4 UD Almería
At Mediterráneo, Almería managed to put one in Deportivo's net and win the first leg, despite the fact that Depor deserved a draw for their gutsy performance. The second part of the series started exactly the way the Almería wanted as they scored two quick ones. Deportivo mounted a comeback to make a game out of it, but when the visitors scored their third, the match was pretty much over. With the win Amería earned their first ever appearance in the semifinals.

Deportivo: P. Álvarez, Adrián,
Almería: J. Ortiz, Corona, A. Crusat, H. Goitom

Atlético Madrid 1 - 4 Real Madrid
Real continued their dominance against the city rivals. At Santiago Bernabéu, Atlético got off to a great start with an early lead, but sloppy defense cost them a good result as they allowed the Galácticos to storm back with three unanswered goals. Rojiblancos were hoping for a turnaround in the return leg, but short many starters they weren't able to beat their counterparts.

Atlético: D. Forlán
Real: C. Ronaldo (2), S. Ramos, M.Özil

The semifinals of the Cup will be played on 26 January and 2 February

Sevilla FC : Real Madrid
FC Barcelona : UD Almería

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