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Sevilla eliminate Barcelona in Spanish King's Cup

Article Published: Thursday 14 January 2010

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Sevilla eliminated world champions Barcelona from the Spanish King's Cup despite losing 1-0 Wednesday at home to the Catalans.

Sevilla go into the quarter-finals on the away goals rule, after a 2-2 aggregate result, having won 2-1 January 5 in Barcelona.

Xavi scored with a long drive 25 minutes from time, but Barca failed to get the second goal that they needed to go through.
FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi twice came close to scoring the crucial goal at the end.

"I think that we deserved to go through," said Sevilla midfielder Renato. "(Barcelona) are an excellent team, but we worked really hard in both matches."

In the quarter-finals, Sevilla will face Deportivo Coruna, who drew 2-2 with Valencia and go through on a 4-3 aggregate result.

Nikola Zigic scored twice for Valencia in the first half, but Deportivo managed to go through thanks to second-half goals from Filipe Luis and Juan Rodriguez.

In Wednesday's other third-round ties, Racing Santander went through on a 3-2 aggregate against third-division Alcorcon, while Getafe cruised through 6-3 against Malaga and Osasuna snuck past Hercules on the away-goals rule.

On Tuesday, second-division Celta Vigo edged out Villarreal.

On Thursday Rayo Vallecano are at Mallorca, whom they beat 2-1 in the first leg.
Then Atletico Madrid will be trying to overturn a 3-0 deficit against second-division side Recreativo Huelva.

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