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Mallorca stun Real in king-sized shock

16 January 2008 23:48

MADRID (AFP) - Spanish champions Real Madrid's hopes of a treble this season were shattered on Wednesday as Real Mallorca gained a shock 1-0 win at the Bernabeu to secure a 3-1 win on aggregate in their last 16 Kings Cup clash and inflict the hosts first home defeat of the season.

An 83rd minute goal by Mallorca's 31-year-old Argentinian playmaker Angel Miguel Ibagaza on the counter-attack was enough to see the Balearic Island side through as like Ibagaza, in his second spell at the club, they seek to add a second Kings Cup title in five years.

Real Madrid, who had hoped to land the Kings Cup along with the Primera Liga title and the Champions League, had plenty of chances to progress to the last eight even without the services of talismanic captain Raul, who was rested for the match along with 'keeper Iker Casillas.

However, despite going close on seven occasions, two of those opportunities falling to Argentinian Javier Saviola and the final one to his half-time replacement Ruud van Nistelrooy they were unable to crack the Mallorca defence and will have to wait another season to see if they can end their drought in the competition which goes back to 1993.

On Tuesday Barcelona ended Sevilla's reign as King's Cup holders as a dull 0-0 draw was sufficient to see the Catalan giants through.

Barcelona progressed thanks to the away goal rule as the first leg had finished 1-1.

With both sides missing several key players as they had either been called away on African Nations Cup duty or were suspended and injured, the quality of the game naturally slipped a notch or two from their previous encounters.

It was the hosts who came closest to scoring in the first-half as first Thierry Henry shot over the bar in the 32nd minute and then two minutes later another former Premiership player Eidur Gudjohnsen had his shot stopped twice by the Sevilla 'keeper.

The second-half saw Barcelona easily counter any resistance, which was slight, that Sevilla could offer, though, they did give the hosts a moment of concern as highly-rated fullback Daniel Alves rattled the bar with a freekick seven minutes from time.

Defeat leaves Sevilla effectively with just the Champions League to play for this season, as they are 10 points adrift of Real Madrid in the title race.

Barcelona will face Villarreal in the last eight after the latter edged Huelva 2-1 on aggregate, 2-0 on the night, but only after extra-time.

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Competition
Copa del Rey
Date
16 January 2008
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1
On aggregate
1 - 3

Goals

0 - 1

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