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Atletico, Barcelona, Sevilla power through in Copa

AP  |  Madrid 

Atletico Madrid was so poor in the first half against fourth-division visitor that a shock del Rey elimination wasn't a far-fetched possibility.

But three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second period guided Atletico's second-string team to a 4-0 victory at on Wednesday.

and also beat lower division clubs, while Villarreal recorded an 8-0 rout of second tier Almeria with four goals by striker

scored for Atletico in the 48th minute, in the 53rd, in the 55th and in the 81st to secure Diego

Simeone's team a place in the last 16 following a 5-0 aggregate victory.

"We struggled in the first half. We weren't able to play with quick transitions," said Simeone after his 400th Atletico match.

"Everything changed in the second half. After the first goal the team played more freely."


Atletico was without because of injury, while and several other regular starters were rested by Simeone, who was banned from the bench as he served the second of a three-game suspension following a rant in a match against last season.

Substitute Lemar went on at halftime and was key for Atletico, opening the scoring with a right-footed shot from outside the area. Kalinic added a header and Correa produced a fine finish with the outside of his right foot. Vitolo's goal from close range came after a pass by

BOOST

advanced 5-1 on aggregate after its reserves cruised past third division Cultural Leonesa 4-1 at

scored a goal in each half while and Malcom were on target before halftime. Josep Sene netted in the second period for Cultural, the club owned by the Qatari state.

Barcelona Ricard "Riqui" Puig, 19, set up one of Suarez's goals on his debut.

"It was a dream come true," Puig said. "I used to come to this stadium when I was three."

Malcom went off in the final minutes with an apparent knee

TOKO-EKAMBI'S NIGHT

Toko-Ekambi became the to score four goals in a match this century, leading the club to an 11-3 aggregate win. He netted three times in the first half and once in the second.

scored twice, while and added a goal each.

TOP-TIER CLASHES

In all first-division ties, Girona came from behind to defeat Alaves 2-1 and advance 4-3 on aggregate, while Real Sociedad beat Celta Vigo 2-0 to go through 3-1 overall.

Alaves struck first at in Catalonia with an own-goal by in the 62nd minute, but the hosts rallied through in the 74th and in the 79th to reach the last 16 for the first time.

Sociedad sunk Celta with two superb goals by and Oyarzabal netted in the 10th with a booming long-range shot into the top corner, and Januzaj scored in the 27th with a curling strike.

OTHER RESULTS

edged third division Villanovense 1-0 to advance following a 0-0 first-leg draw. scored the winner early in the second half, converting the rebound after missing a penalty.

Valladolid came from behind to defeat second tier Mallorca 2-1 and progress 4-2 on aggregate.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 12:15 IST
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