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Real Madrid reach quarterfinal of Copa del Rey

01-11-2012 09:04 BJT

MADRID, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid booked a place in the last 16 of the Spanish Copa del Rey on Tuesday night thanks to a 1- 0 win away to Malaga.

The win came thanks to a Karim Benzema goal following a dreadful error from Malaga keeper. Willy Caballero gave Real Madrid a 4-2 aggregate win and set up a quarterfinal tie against FC Barcelona, who defended a 4-0 first leg lead away to Osasuna on Wednesday.

The first half saw Malaga, who only needed a 1-0 win to qualify, start on top and Real Madrid were handicapped by another poor display from Kaka and an injury to Sami Khedira, who had to be replaced by Mesut Ozil.

Kaka didn't reappear for the second half with Marcelo taking his place in the side and Real Madrid improved with longer spells of possession that began to tire out the home side.

Gonzalo Higuain had a goal correctly ruled offside for Real Madrid midway through the half and moments later he was replaced by Benzema.

The French striker needed just a couple of minutes to put his side ahead, although it needed a horrific error from Malaga keeper Willy Caballero who allowed a tame shot to trickle though his legs and over the goalline.

It was unfortunate for the keeper, who moments earlier had made a fine save to deny Cristiano Ronaldo, but the goal virtually booked Madrid's place in the quarterfinals, despite Malaga's efforts in the closing minutes.

Third tier (Segunda B) side, Mirandes caused the Cup upset of the day by knocking La Liga strugglers Racing Santander out of the Cup.

Mirandes drew 1-1 in the return leg, thanks to a Pablo Infante (who holds a full time job in a bank) penalty which cancelled out Pedro Munitis' opener for Racing. The result gives Mirandes a 3-1 aggregate triumph and adds Racing to the scalp of Villarreal that they claimed in the previous round.

The evening kicked off with Mallorca producing a magnificent performance to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg with a spectacular 6-1 win.

Chori Castro and Tomer Hemed each scored twice for the home side, after Real Sociedad had appeared to seal their qualification with an early goal from Diego Ifran had left Mallorca needing to score at least four goals to qualify.

Mallorca responded magnificently with four goals in seven minutes to turn the tie around with Alejandro Alfaro and Jose Nunes scoring the other goals for Mallorca, who will now face either Athletic Club or Albacete in the last eight.

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Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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