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Rayo upsets Athletic in Copa del Rey

Rayo upsets Athletic in Copa del Rey

Topflight clubs Athletic Bilbao, Almeria and Tenerife all lost to lower-tier opposition to start the fourth round of the Copa del Rey, while defending champion Barcelona began with a 2-0 win over Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday.
Pedro Rodriguez scored twice as Barcelona beat its third-division opponent a day after fellow minnow Alcorcon stunned Real Madrid 2-0.
Rayo Vallecano beat Athletic 2-0, Hercules was a 2-1 winner over Almeria and Celta Vigo held on for a 2-1 victory over Tenerife as the second-division clubs gained inspiration from Alcorcon.
Joaquin Sanchez's ninth-minute goal ensured Valencia didn't start with a loss as the 2008 champion won 1-0 at third-division Alcoyano, while Antonio Lopo's goal in the 77th led Deportivo La Coruna to a 1-0 win at second-division Murcia.
In matchups between topflight clubs, Osasuna won 2-1 at Xerez, Antonio "Apono" Galdeano's 76th-minute penalty rallied Malaga to a 1-1 draw against Zaragoza, while Juan Angel Albin's and Jaime Gavilan's second-half scores paced Getafe over Espanyol 2-0.
The first leg matches wrap up on Thursday when Valladolid plays Mallorca, third-division side Puertollano meets Villarreal and Salamanca faces Racing Santander.
Cultural, which played one season in topflight football over 50 years ago, started well against the Spanish leaders with Chema Sato side-footing wide from the front of Barcelona's goal in the 36th. Five minutes later, Pedro lashed Bojan Krkic's skipped pass into the top of goal.
Resting Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thierry Henry, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, coach Pep Guardiola used a lineup drawn from the club's youth system with 19-year-old Jonathan Dos Santos _ brother of Giovanni _ eventually making his debut in the 81st.
Barcelona goalkeeper Manuel Pinto saved from Juan Jose Silvestre in the 58th before Pedro doubled the lead in the 63rd by volleying Jeffren Suarez's crossfield pass back across goal for the score. Krkic's poor touch cost him a goal in injury time as the Barcelona striker was saved.
At Teresa Rivero Stadium, Nestor Susaeta curled in a free kick in the sixth minute to give Rayo the lead.
Goalkeeper Dani Jimenez dove across goal to stop Inigo Perez's point-blank shot in the 18th _ two minutes before Sergio Pachon slotted home the second.
Gimenez preserved the Rayo's first leg result with several saves, including point-blank on Joseba Etxeberria in the 56th.
Athletic 'keeper Armando Ribeiro made two big stops in the closing moments, including Susaeta's header deep into injury time.
Madrid was humiliated at Alcorcon _ whose payroll is 400 times smaller than the Spanish powerhouse _ on Tuesday, when Atletico Madrid beat Marbella 2-0, Sevilla trounced Atletico Ciudad 4-2 and Sporting Gijon rallied for a 1-1 draw against Recreativo Huelva.
Return legs will be played in two weeks.


Updated : 2021-06-22 20:50 GMT+08:00