It was a wild day in Spanish football with the first leg of the Copa del Rey Quarter-finals bringing us thrilling play and some shocking results.
Espanyol vs Barça
It turns out Messi is human after all. The brilliant Argentinian missed a penalty that was saved by Espanyol’s goalkeeper, Diego Lopez. Barcelona controlled the possession throughout the match but could not find a way through Espanyol’s defense in the Catalan derby.
Espanyol’s substitute, Oscar Melendo, bagged the winning goal with two minutes remaining in the match, giving Espanyol their first derby win against the Blaugrana since 2009.
Sevilla vs Atletico Madrid
The most evenly matched pairing in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals give us a dramatic ending. Diego Costa had plenty of chances early in the match and finally opened the scoring in the 73rd minute which made it three goals in four games for him since his return to Atletico from the Premier League.
Sevilla’s Jesus Navas equalised from a deflected cross that probably should’ve been saved by Moya.
The drama continued when Joaquin Correa grabbed the winner for Sevilla in the final moments of the match.
Alaves vs Valencia
Ruben Sobrino scored a rocket in the 66th minute, giving Alaves the lead, but it wouldn’t last long. Goncalo Guedes equalised seven minutes later which was followed by a late winner from Rodrigo to give Valencia a 2–1 advantage heading into the second leg.