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    MADRID (AP) — Real Betis needed a stoppage-time equalizer to hold Rayo Vallecano to a 1-1 draw Thursday and reach the Copa del Rey final for the first time in 16 years. The match appeared to be headed to extra time after Bebé scored for the visitors with a long-range free kick in the 80th minute. But Borja Iglesias sent Betis into the final with his goal from close range after a breakaway two minutes into injury time at the Benito Villamarín Stadium in Seville. Betis advanced 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-1 come-from-behind win in the first leg in Madrid. Manuel Pellegrini’s team will face Valencia, which defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 at home on Wednesday to advance 2-1 on aggregate. The final will be played April 23 in Sevilla. Valencia is back in the final for the first time since winning its eighth Copa title in 2019. Betis’ other Copa trophies were lifted in 1977 and 2005. It was eliminated by Valencia in the 2019 semifinals. Betis has been revamped since the arrival of Pellegrini, the veteran...
    MADRID (AP) — Trying to make it to its third straight Copa del Rey final, Athletic Bilbao was held to a 1-1 draw at home against Valencia in the first leg of the semifinals on Thursday. Raúl García opened the scoring for the hosts with a header off a free kick by Iker Muniain in the 37th minute, but Valencia equalized in the 65th with a goal from close range by Hugo Duro off the rebound of a shot by Bryan Gil. The second leg will be on March 2 at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium. Real Betis rallied to a 2-1 win at Rayo Vallecano in the first leg of the other semifinal on Wednesday. Athletic lost to Basque Country rival Real Sociedad in the final in 2020 and to Barcelona in the decider last season. It is the competition’s second most successful club with 23 titles, behind Barcelona’s 31, but it hasn’t lifted the trophy since 1984. Athletic is one of the hottest teams in Spain recently under coach Marcelino García Toral, having eliminated Barcelona in the Copa’s last...
    MADRID (AP) — Surrounded by defenders inside the area, William Carvalho came up with a solution that would make most top strikers proud. Without panicking, the Real Betis midfielder pulled off a neat nutmeg to get past the defender standing in front of him, sending the ball in-between his legs before calmly firing a low shot into the back of the net. The goal gave Betis a 2-1 win over Rayo Vallecano in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals on Wednesday, putting the Sevilla club in position to return to the final for the first time since 2005. The second leg will be played in Sevilla on March 3. In the first leg of the other semifinal on Thursday, Athletic Bilbao hosts Valencia looking to make it to its third straight final. Rayo opened the scoring five minutes into the match at its Vallecas Stadium with a close-range header by Álvaro García. Betis equalized in the 26th with a low shot from outside the area by forward Borja Iglesia. Carvalho’s winner came in the...
    A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Wednesday: ENGLAND Manchester City looks to extend its lead in the Premier League to 12 points when it hosts Brentford. Second-place Liverpool will have two games in hand going into its match against Leicester on Thursday so is looking for a favor from Brentford, which will not include new signing Christian Eriksen because he only started training with his new teammates on Monday. Tottenham will look to stay in touch with the Champions League qualification positions when Southampton visits north London. Relegation-threatened Norwich hosts Crystal Palace, and Leeds travels to Aston Villa. SPAIN Real Betis visits Rayo Vallecano in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals. Betis, revamped under coach Manuel Pellegrini, is trying to return to the final for the first time since 2005, when it won the competition. The Sevilla club sits in third place in the Spanish league. Rayo is in the Copa semifinals for the first time in four decades and is trying to reach the final for the first time. The modest Madrid club,...
    MADRID (AP) — It took a goal near the end for Athletic Bilbao to finally get the better of Real Madrid and reach the Copa del Rey semifinals for the third straight season. Álex Berenguer scored in the 89th minute to give Athletic a 1-0 victory in the quarterfinal at San Mamés Stadium on Thursday, ending a three-match losing streak for the Basque Country team against Madrid. It was the fourth meeting between the clubs in two months, with Madrid winning in the final of the Spanish Super Cup last month in Saudi Arabia and twice in Spanish league matches in December. Athletic reached the last two Copa finals, losing to Basque Country rival Real Sociedad in 2020 and Barcelona last season. Madrid, the only top club still left after Barcelona and Atlético Madrid were eliminated in the last 16, hasn’t made it to the semifinals since 2018-19, when it lost to Barcelona. It hasn’t won the competition since 2014. Real Betis earlier Thursday won 4-0 at Sociedad and returned to the last four for the first time since...
    A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday: SPAIN Real Madrid tries to return to the Copa del Rey semifinals when it visits Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés Stadium. Madrid hasn’t made it to the last four since the 2018-19 season, when it was eliminated by Barcelona. Madrid is seeking its first Copa title since 2014. It will be the fourth meeting between Madrid and Athletic in two months. Madrid defeated Athletic in the final of the Spanish Super Cup last month in Saudi Arabia, and it also beat the Basque Country club twice in Spanish league matches in December. Madrid will be without striker Karim Benzema because of a muscle injury. Vinícius Júnior, Rodrygo and Casemiro — who just arrived from international duty with Brazil — were added to the squad. Athletic was runner-up to Barcelona in the Copa last year. In the other single-elimination quarterfinal on Thursday, 2020 champion Real Sociedad hosts Manuel Pellegrini’s Real Betis. The semifinals will be played over two legs. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press....
    A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Wednesday: SPAIN Valencia hosts Cádiz in a single-elimination game in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. Valencia is looking to return to the semifinals after a two-year absence. It won its eighth Copa title — and first since 2008 — in the 2018-19 season. Valencia’s only two victories in its last six matches came in Copa games — against Cartagena in the round of 32 and Atlético Baleares in the round of 16. It sits 10th in the Spanish league. Cádiz only made it to the Copa semifinals in 1990. It defeated Levante before the international break to end an eight-game winless streak in the league. Also Wednesday, Rayo Vallecano hosts 2003 Copa champion Mallorca, which reached the semifinals in 2009. Rayo is playing in the last eight for the first time since 2002. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    08/20/2021 at 5:15 PM CEST If Barcelona does not make the move to eliminate Flamengo, for the third consecutive year there will be a final between Brazilian teams in the Copa Libertadores de América. The financial and sports dominance of the clubs of the South American giant is right now unquestionable. For the first time in history, three teams from the same league reach the semifinals of the continental tournament. These are the last two champions, Flamengo (in 2019), Palmeiras (in 2020), who have been joined by At. Mineiro, who is the fashion team this season. In the absence of official confirmation from Conmebol, the two semifinals (Barcelona-Flamengo and Palmeiras- At.Mineiro) will be defined in the last two weeks of September, with an interval of only seven days between the round trip. By qualifying criteria at the end of the group stage, Flamengo and Palmeiras will start playing their qualifying rounds at home. The São Paulo team, through a public note from its president Mauricio Galiotte, has already confirmed that it will play at...
    Capitol Police ask that National Guard stay for another 60 days Israel, Denmark and Austria join forces against COVID-19 Levante will welcome Athletic Bilbao to the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia on Thursday in their second leg of the semifinals, the winner of this match will face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Final. © Provided by For The Win These two clubs faced each other in the first leg and ended in a 1-1 draw, then they faced each other in La Liga with the same 1-1 result. This will be a fantastic match to watch on Thursday. Who will advance to the Finals? Tune in and find out, here is everything you need to know to catch the Copa del Rey action today! Semifinals: Levante vs. Athletic Bilbao When: Thursday, March 4 Time: 3:00 p.m. ET Live Stream: ESPN+ (stream the match now) Copa del Rey Starting Lineups Levante possible starting lineup: Cardenas; Vezo, Duarte, Rober; Coke, Vukcevic, Rochina, Clerc; De Frutos, Marti, Morales Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup: Simon; Capa, Nunez, Alvarez, Berchiche; Berenguer, D Garcia,...
    Women leaders you should know and the causes they champion Trumps White House physician drank on duty, sexually harassed staff, says Pentagon watchdog report Barcelona will face Sevilla on Wednesday for the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals. This will be the second time these clubs have played each other in four days and the third time in a month. © Provided by For The Win The winner of this match will advance to the finals and play either Levante or Athletic Bilbao, who will play each other tomorrow in their second leg. Can Barca advance or will Sevilla play upset? Tune in and find out, here is everything you need to know to catch the Copa del Rey action today! Semifinals: Barcelona vs. Sevilla When: Wednesday, March 3 Time: 3:00 p.m. ET Live Stream: ESPN+ (stream the match now) Copa del Rey Starting Lineups Barcelona possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Umtiti; Dest, De Jong, Busquets, Puig, Alba; Messi, Dembele Sevilla possible starting lineup: Bounou; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Vidal; Rakitic, Gudelj, Jordan; Torres, En-Nesyri, Suso...
    NBA : 2021-02-12T20:33:22+00:002021-02-12T20:33:22+00:002021-02-12T20:44:28+00:00. Antonis Stroggylakis 12/Feb/21 20:33 Eurohoops.net Antonis Stroggylakis Baskonia pushed back a late comeback effort by Badalona to move to the Copa del Rey semifinals. By Eurohoops team/ [email protected] Baskonia beat Joventut Badalona 96 – 87 in the third quarterfinal game of the Spanish Copa del Rey to become the next team to advance to the semifinals after Lenovo Tenerife and Real Madrid. The quartet of Achille Polonara (19 points, six rebounds), Rokas Giedraitis (19 points), Pierria Henry (16 points, eight assists) and Alec Peters (16 points) led a dominant, for the most part of the game, Baskonia to the win. Coach Dusko Ivanovic’s players led from start to finish and often by double figures while grabbing a 89 – 71 advantage with 4:44 to play. Badalona reacted with a 0 – 11 run to make it 89 – 82 with three minutes remaining but Henry and Giedraitis lifted Baskonia back to a double-digit lead and while time was running out...
    NBA : HOME • EN (English) • ACB • Gabriel Deck’s season-high leads Real to Copa Del Rey semifinals 2021-02-11T23:30:10+00:002021-02-11T23:30:10+00:002021-02-11T23:30:10+00:00. Antigoni Zachari 11/Feb/21 23:30 Eurohoops.net Antigoni Zachari Real Madrid overcame Valencia to advance to the Copa Del Rey semifinals By Eurohoops team / [email protected] Gabriel Deck posted his best performance to date with Real Madrid to lead his team to an 85-74 win against Valencia and advance to the Copa Del Rey semifinals. The 26-year-old center added 23 points and 6 rebounds for Pablo Laso’s squad, Trey Thompkins had 21 points and Jaycee Carroll added 10. Sam Van Rossom and Nikola Kalinic led Valencia with 16 and 14 points respectively and Klemen Prepelic tapped 13 points. Earlier on Thursday, Tenerife also sealed its spot to the semifinals with an 87-76 win against San Pablo Burgos. Sasu Salin and Bruno Fitipaldo had 18 points each for the winners, while Jasiel Rivero and Vitor Benite had 12 and 11 points...
    MADRID (AP) — Raúl García scored a last-gasp equalizer to force extra time and goalkeeper Unai Simón made two penalty saves as Athletic Bilbao defeated Real Betis 4-1 in a shootout to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals on Thursday. García also scored one of the penalties after a 1-1 draw to help keep Athletic in contention for consecutive Copa titles. Later this year it will face Basque Country rival Real Sociedad in the postponed final from last season. “I’m proud of this team,” García said. “We were in a complicated situation, losing until the last minute, but we always believed that we could come back.” Iñaki Williams, Jon Morcillo and Yuri Berchiche also scored for the 23-time Copa champion in the shootout. Simón stopped penalties taken by Sergio Canales and Juanmi Jiménez. Two-time Copa winner Betis looked set to make it to the semis for the second time in three seasons after Juanmi scored with a volley from inside the area in the 84th minute. But the visitors equalized in the fourth minute of stoppage time with a header...
    MADRID (AP) — Frenkie de Jong scored the winner after Lionel Messi helped set up two late goals to force extra time as Barcelona reached the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 5-3 come-from-behind win over Granada on Wednesday. Barcelona trailed 2-0 going into the 88th minute before Messi helped create goals for Antoine Griezmann and Jordi Alba as the Catalan club kept alive its chance of ending its title drought. There were more swings in extra time as Griezmann’s firm header in the 100th minute put Barcelona ahead, but a penalty committed by American defender Sergiño Dest led to Fede Vico’s equalizer for the hosts three minutes later. De Jong put Barcelona ahead for good from close range after Messi’s shot was saved in the 108th. Alba closed the scoring with a beautiful volley from Griezmann’s pass in the 113th. The victory came on the heels of the embarrassing leak of Messi’s multimillion-dollar contract on Sunday, the latest mess involving the club which is mired in debt and has been enduring political turmoil since last season. Barcelona failed to...
    MADRID (AP) — Lucas Ocampos scored a second-half winner as Sevilla defeated second-division Almería 1-0 on Tuesday to advance to the Copa del Rey semifinals for the first time since 2018. Ocampos netted with a header from a cross by Suso Fernández in the 67th minute to put Sevilla in the last four. It reached the final three years ago, losing to Barcelona. The five-time Copa champion also lost in the final to Barcelona in 2016. Almería, playing at home, was the only lower-division club left in the competition. It eliminated two top-tier clubs on its way to the quarterfinals — Alavés in the round of 32 and Osasuna in the last 16. It sits third in the second division. Sevilla, third in the first division, has won six consecutive games in all competitions. On Wednesday, Barcelona visits Granada and Levante hosts Villarreal. Real Betis faces Athletic Bilbao at home in the last quarterfinal on Thursday. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or...
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