Valencia reach quarter-finals

  • Copa del Rey
- Associated Press, MADRID

Jan 17, 2019-

Valencia avoided being upset in the Copa del Rey with a 3-0 win over second-division club Sporting Gijon on Tuesday, advancing to the quarter-finals 4-2 on aggregate and easing some of the pressure on embattled coach Marcelino.

Valencia hadn’t won in three matches this year and calls for Marcelino’s firing had grown louder in recent days, but the comfortable victory at Mestalla Stadium should give the coach some breathing room. Valencia needed win after losing 2-1 in Gijon last week. They pressed forward from the start but were unable to open scoring until the second half through Santi Mina with a 65th-minute header. About 10 minutes later, Mina increased the lead with a nice finish from inside the area.

Sporting Gijon was one goal away from sending the match into extra time but Ferran Torres sealed the victory for Valencia on a 90th-minute counterattack. “We talked at halftime and started moving the ball faster and made the crosses into the area quicker,” Mina said. “And that’s how we scored the first two goals.”  The eight goals scored by Mina this season came in four matches, with two in each game. Sporting were the only team from the lower tiers still in the competition.

Getafe advanced 2-1 on aggregate after holding on for a 1-1 away draw at Valladolid.

Published: 17-01-2019 10:57

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