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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov 8, 2006

Holders Espanyol crash out of Copa Del Rey

MADRID, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Third division Rayo Vallecano dumped holders Espanyol out of the King's Cup in the fourth round on Wednesday, progressing 2-1 on aggregate.

After drawing 1-1 at home in the first leg two weeks ago, Rayo's Miguel Michel scored the only goal of the game 11 minutes into the second half to stun Espanyol in their own stadium.

The Barcelona-based club were joined by other Primera Liga casualties Real Sociedad and Gimnastic, who also lost to lower league opposition.

Struggling Sociedad recorded their first win of the season to beat second division Malaga 2-1, but it was not enough to overturn their 4-1 mauling from the first leg.

Alarm bells will be ringing at Gimnastic after they lost 3-1 at home to second division Valladolid, to go out 4-1 on aggregate. It was their seventh straight defeat in all competitions.

Two goals from Argentine striker Javier Saviola helped Barcelona to a 6-1 aggregate win over third division Badalona, while Valencia cruised to a 4-1 aggregate win over Portuense.

Getafe, Villarreal, Osasuna, Sevilla and last season's losing finalists Real Zaragoza all won their respective ties to see off lower league opposition.

Of the five, the only side to suffer were Getafe, who survived a scare at home to second division leaders Xerez.

Their 2-0 first leg advantage was cancelled out in the opening 35 minutes but they held firm and defender Alexis, who conceded a soft penalty from which Xerez scored early on, netted in the second half to give Getafe a 3-2 aggregate win.

Deportivo Coruna showed greater composure in a penalty shoot out to eclipse Racing Santander, after having drawn 1-1 over two legs and after extra time.

Another two top-flight sides, Real Mallorca and Athletic Bilbao, could not be separated but despite being down to 10 men, Mallorca scored in extra-time to put the 23-times Cup winners out 3-2 on aggregate.

There provided relief for Real Betis coach Javier Irureta who ended a run of eight league and cup games without a win when his side beat Recreativo Huelva 2-0, to progress.

On Thursday Real Madrid play third division Ecija in the Bernabeu with the scores level at 1-1. Celta Vigo host Alaves.

Levante's game against Atletico Madrid was postponed on Tuesday due to the poor state of the pitch and a date for the rematch has yet to be agreed.

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