SL Benfica gained the bragging rights in Lisbon by easing into the Portuguese League Cup final at the expense of city rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal, on a night Werder Bremen reached the last four of the German Cup.
Sporting were up against it as early as the sixth minute after João Pereira was dismissed, and their problems were compounded moments later when David Luiz headed the visitors in front. The Eagles doubled their lead on 29 minutes through Ramires, the Brazilian converting César Peixoto's low cross, though Sporting gave themselves hope through Liedson (37). However, Luisão (68) headed in a corner and Óscar Cardozo beat Rui Patrício from distance late on. A. Académica de Coimbra and FC Porto contest the other semi-final on Wednesday.
Bremen, meanwhile, progressed to the German Cup semi-finals thanks to Hugo Almeida's 76th-minute winner. The Portuguese striker quickly restored the hosts' lead after Prince Tagoe (73) had cancelled out Naldo's early opener for the UEFA Europa League contenders.
In the Coupe de France round of 16, holders EA Guingamp lost 1-0 at US Boulogne while the shock of the night was felt by Stade Rennais FC, who were defeated 1-0 by fourth-tier US Quevilly three days after ending FC Girondins de Bordeaux's 15-game unbeaten run. Elsewhere, Marvin Martin scored twice as FC Sochaux-Montbéliard won 4-1 at AS Beauvais Oise and Paris Saint-Germain FC triumphed 1-0 at Vesoul Haute-Saône Football courtesy of Ludovic Giuly's early strike.
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