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Tight games and surprises in Copa del REY (updated)

Xinhua
17 Jan 2021, 13:18 GMT+10

MADRID, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Lucas Ocampos' 95th-minute goal stopped Sevilla falling victim to an upset in the third round of the Spanish Copa del Rey knockout competition on Saturday.

Sevilla dominated the ball for nearly all of their game against second division Leganes, but it wasn't until five minutes into extra time that the Argentinean's strike broke down their stubborn rivals.

Levante also made it through into the fourth round, although they needed extra time and penalties to get past second division Fuenlabrada in a game played in the installations of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

Antonio Cristian scored an own goal to give Levante the lead, but Borja Garces equalized midway through the second half, although Levante snuck though in the shootout.

Valladolid also needed extra time to get past third-tier Pena Deportiva in Ibiza after the home side took the lead through Fernando Gomez.

Michel's 62nd-minute penalty leveled the scores before two extra time goals from Roque Mesa and a tap in from Oscar Plano sealed the top-flight side's victory.

However, there were top-flight victims as Abelardo Fernandez's return as Alaves coach got off to a dreadful start as his side was dumped out of the Cup 5-0 by second division promotion hopefuls, Almeria.

Umar Sadiq scored two first half goals and Alaves' task was made harder by Tomas Pina's red card, before Agar Aketxe made it 3-0 at the start of the second half, an own goal and a penalty completed the rout.

Valery Fernandez netted twice as second-tier Girona produced another upset with a 2-0 win at home to Cadiz, with his goals coming in the 48th and 58th minute.

Last season saw Andoni Iriaola lead Mirandes to the semifinal of the Cup after knocking Celta, Villarreal and Sevilla out of the Cup and he claimed another top-fight scalp as his Rayo Vallecano side beat Elche 2-0 with goals from Bebe and Catena to move into the last 16.

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