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Villarreal advance to face Barcelona in Copa del Rey semifinals

Gerard Moreno's goal saw Villarreal through to the Copa del Rey semfinals.

Villarreal won 1-0 at Getafe to advance to a Copa del Rey semifinal against Barcelona on a 2-0 aggregate score on Thursday.

Athletic Bilbao will meet Espanyol in the other semifinal.

Villarreal entered with a 1-0 lead from the opening leg and held Getafe in check until striker Gerard Moreno sealed their place among the final four teams with a goal in the 78th minute.

Barcelona knocked out Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. The Catalan club will host Villarreal at Camp Nou on Feb. 11.

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Sources: Man United to push again for Mats Hummels, Aymeric Laporte

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of his side's Premier League trip to Liverpool on Saturday.

Manchester United will make one last big push to sign either Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund or Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao over the last few days of the window, club sources have told ESPN FC.

The Old Trafford hierarchy had taken the decision to pursue only "top priority" targets and wait until the summer if they could not be bought now, but both Hummels an Laporte fall into that category, and United want to at least test the resolve of their clubs given their own ongoing issues in defence.


Guerra earns point for Malaga

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Javi Guerra's strike 12 minutes from time ensured Malaga claimed a 1-1 draw at Atletico Bilbao, whose four-game losing streak in the Primera Division was brought to a halt.

Guerra's strike came just eight minutes after defender Mikel San Jose had given Bilbao the lead.

It was the second time the teams had drawn against each other in a week, following on from their stalemate in the Copa del Rey at La Rosaleda.

The teams will return to San Mames on Thursday, when there must be a winner as both sides target...

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Athletic Bilbao coy on interest in Real Madrid's Asier Illarramendi

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti weighs in on the latest transfer news and rumours in January's window, including Real Madrid's new signing Lucas Silva.

Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde remained coy when asked about his side's interest in signing Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

Illarramendi's future at the Bernabeu is uncertain following the arrival of Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, and the Madrid midfielder told AS last week: "If he comes or if the club says something, they'll tell me what my options are. Right now, I don't know anything. The club hasn't said anything."

Athletic are widely reported to have a strong interest in the 24-year-old...

Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti has 'full confidence' in Asier Illarramendi

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Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he has full confidence in Asier Illarramendi and wants to keep him at the club, despite reports the midfielder is set to move during the January transfer window.

Illarramendi, 24, has been heavily linked with a 20 million-euro move to Athletic Bilbao, with Marca also claiming that Premier League side Arsenal were interested in the all-round midfielder with Madrid reportedly close to signing Brazilian starlet Lucas Silva as a replacement.

However, Illarramendi...