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Copa del Rey: Round of 16 Review

As you probably know, on Wednesday and Thursday the second legs of the 8th finals of the Spanish Cup were played. In case you missed any of them, here is a short recap of all eight series

The letter next to the result stands for: the winner was determined after extra time (e) or on away goals (a).

Córdoba CF 2 - 4 (e) Deportivo La Coruña
Segunda side Córdoba came within five minutes of beating top-flight Deportivo. The first game was played in Andalusia and Deportivo earned a favorable away draw. In the second game, Córdoba scored in 86th minute to take the lead, only to have it negated four minutes later through a penalty. In extra time Depor took advantage of one of the visitor's players being sent off and scored two to advance to the next round.

Córdoba: Pepe Díaz, D. Arteaga
Deportivo: Adrián (3), Riki

Athletic Bilbao 1 - 1 (a) FC Barcelona
A thrilling series ended with the Catalans winning by the smallest of margins. The first leg ended in a scoreless draw at Camp Nou. Just as the game in Barcelona, the game at San Mames was a close affair and it ended all even at one, but under the away goals rule Barcelona won a spot in the quarter finals.

Bilbao: F. Llorente
Barcelona: E. Abidal

Villarreal CF 4 - 2 Valencia CF
The first leg was full of scoring opportunities but it ended in a goalless draw, an encouraging result for the visiting Villarreal. But the second game didn't start the way the yellow submarine imagined as they allowed two quick goals, they fought back, however, and scored four unanswered goals in what was an electrifying fantastic second half.

Villarreal: G, Rossi (2) S. Cazorla, M. Rubén
Valencia: E. Banega, R. Soldado

Sevilla FC 8 - 3 Málaga CF
Sevilla fought back from two deficits in the first one to win it 5-3 at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. It the second leg the Andalusians gave Málaga no chance of a comeback as they dominated the game and ensured themselves a place in quarter-finals.

Sevilla: C Romaric (3), A Alfaro, D. Capel, L. Fabiano, D. Perotti, Á. Negredo
Málaga: S. Rondón (2), Q. Owusu-Abeyie

Real Betis 4 - 3 Getafe CF
Betis provided the shocker of the round with a win over the Madrid based side. Gatafe took a 2-1 lead into the second leg that was played at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, but the visitors were determined to go ahead. They scored the first three of the game and it proved to be enough.

Betis: J. Molina (2), R. Castro (2)
Getafe: Miku, Pedro Rios, F. Casquero

Mallorca 6 - 8 UD Almería
The highest scoring match-up of the 8th finals; seven goals were scored in each game and Almería won both of them. Both games were very entertaining with back and forth action and Almería, who is struggling in La Liga, finally gave their fans something to cheer about.

Mallorca: F. Cavenaghi (2), J. de Guzman, Víctor, P. Webó, M Pereira
Almería: L. Ulloa (3), P. Piatti (2), J. Ortiz (2), K. Uche

RCD Espanyol 1 - 2 Atlético Madrid
Atlético earned a hard fought 1-0 victory with ten men in their first leg meeting at home. The second one was a encounter and Espanyol tried everything to beat their opponent, but all they could manage was an one all draw.

Espanyol: L. García
Atlético: Simão, S. Agüero

Real Madrid 8 - 2 Levante UD
This one was all but decided after the first half of the first game; after being down by four, Levante gave up and conceded another four until the end of the game. In the second game however, Levante put up a good fight and managed to beat Madrid's second team by the score of two-nil.

Madrid: K. Benzema (3), C. Ronaldo (3), M. Özil, P. León
Levante: X. Muñoz, Sergio

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