Deportivo Alavés and RC Celta de Vigo became the latest Primera División sides to fall victim to lower ranked opponents in the third round of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Down to earth
Alavés, riding high in second place in the Spanish first division table, were brought firmly down to earth with a 2-0 defeat at Sporting Gijón. Two second-half goals from José Luis Soto secured Sporting's win over the side who have the best defensive record in the league.
Peruvian midfield player Pablo Zegarra's dramatic extra-time strike gave second division UD Salamanca a narrow 1-0 win over Celta. The defeats for Alavés and Celta meant that 12 first division sides, including FC Barcelona and holders Real Zaragoza, have been eliminated from this year's competition.
RCD Mallorca narrowly escaped becoming the 13th casualty against third division AD Ceuta, eventually winning on penalties, while Primera División leaders RC Deportivo La Coruña were given a run for their money after they fell behind to a 72nd-minute goal from Cultural Leonesa. But Spain striker Diego Tristán showed his class by notching two goals in the space of five minutes to secure a 2-1 win for the Galician side.
Real Madrid CF safely negotiated their way through to the last 16 with a 3-1 win over a battling Lanzarote side thanks to goals from Albert Celades, Guti and Francisco Pavon, while Real Valladolid enjoyed a 2-1 success against Racing Club de Ferrol. Ismael Urzaiz netted the winner in added time as Athletic Club Bilbao defeated Toledo 3-2 and Rayo Vallecano were 3-1 winners over Albacete Balompié. The three remaining third-round ties will be played on Thursday.
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