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Ibagaza seals Real Madrid cup exit

MADRID, Spain — Real Mallorca staged the perfect smash-and-grab raid at the Bernabeu to dump Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg of this last 16 tie, hosts Madrid dominated from the start but were stunned with seven minutes to go as Ariel Ibagaza scored with virtually Mallorca’s only shot of note to seal a 3-1 aggregate triumph.

Primera Liga leaders Real Madrid will look to rebound from their surprise elimination against third-place Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

I’m calm about being knocked out, coach Bernd Schuster said. This could be a help for us.

The defending champions have 47 points and a seven-point advantage over FC Barcelona.

Mallorca, meanwhile, now face a cup clash against Getafe who completed a 4-0 aggregate win over Levante with a 1-0 triumph. Jaime Gavilan got the only goal against the Primera Liga’s bottom club.

Villarreal set up a last eight meeting with Barcelona after goals from Marcos Senna and Giuseppe Rossi, the latter in extra-time, were enough to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Recreativo Huelva.

But Villarreal central defender Fabricio Fuentes will not play again for at least six months after tearing left knee ligaments.

He suffered the injury as he was warming up for Wednesday’s tie and the 31-year-old Argentine international was to undergo surgery later Thursday.

Fuentes joined Villarreal from Atlas of Mexico in August 2006 and previously played for Newell’s Old Boys, Velez Sarsfield and France’s Guingamp.

Athletic Bilbao will meet Racing Santander after the Basque club edged out Espanyol in a penalty shootout.

Racing beat Real Zaragoza 4-2 — 5-3 on aggregate. Valencia beat Real Betis 2-1 to go through 4-2, while Atletico squeezed past Valladolid on away goals after a 1-1 draw. E-mail to a friend

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January 17, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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