MADRID, Jan 21 (SW) - Sevilla and Real Madrid are already with one leg in the
semi finals of the Spanish Copa del Rey as they easily defeated their opponents
on Wednesday to take off the pressure for the second leg.
In Madrid, Real took the lead in the 31st minute through striker Raul. Valencia,
who are currently first in La Liga and defeated Real Madrid earlier this season,
were unable to net the equalizer which was taken advantage of by the home side
in the final phase of the match, when the Brazilian Ronaldo scored the second
goal of the night, and only six minutes later things even got worse for Valencia
as a penalty was awarded to Real Madrid. Luis Figo converted the spotkick for
The players David Beckham of Real Madrid and David Albelda of Valencia will not
be a part of the second leg next week as they were both sent off by the referee
in respectively the 88th and 89th minutes. For both players it was a second
Earlier in the southern region of Andalusia, hometeam Sevilla was too strong for
Atletico de Madrid with a convincing 4-0 score. Dario Silva from Uruguay opened
the score in the 19th minute and Reyes scored the 2-0 five minutes later.
Another four minutes after the second goal, Pablo Alfaro netted the third and in
the 73rd minute it was Baptista to score the final fourth goal for the hosts.
Javi Navarro was sent off with a second yellow card in the 84th minute.