Arsenal FC eased into the quarter-finals of the English League Cup while Olympique de Marseille started their defence of the French equivalent with victory, but German pacesetters 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund both suffered shock exits as we round up the night's domestic action.
Theo Walcott scored twice as Arsenal eased into the last eight courtesy of a 4-0 win at Newcastle United FC. The other two ties to take place on Wednesday both went to extra time, Aston Villa FC overcoming Burnley FC 2-1 and West Ham United FC beating Stoke City FC 3-1.
Valencia CF and Sevilla FC took a firm hold of their respective Copa del Rey round of 32 ties after convincing first-leg away victories. The former were 3-0 winners against Logroñés CF, whereas Sevilla put four past ten-man Real Unión without reply. Elsewhere, Getafe CF and Villarreal CF drew 1-1 at Club Portugalete and Polideportivo Ejido respectively, though fellow UEFA Europa League contenders Club Atlético de Madrid had no such trouble, defeating Universidad de Las Palmas CF 5-0.
Arguably the shock of the night came in the German Cup second round, where the Bundesliga's top two, Mainz and Dortmund, succumbed to lower-league opposition. Mainz lost 2-1 at Alemannia Aachen while Dortmund were beaten on penalties by Kickers Offenbach. VfB Stuttgart almost joined them in exiting the competition before defeating fourth-tier Chemnitzer FC 3-1 after extra time. In the two all top-flight ties, Eintracht Frankfurt were 5-2 victors against Hamburger SV and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach overcame Bayer 04 Leverkusen on spot kicks.
Marseille began the defence of their League Cup crown with a 1-0 triumph at EA Guingamp, André Ayew hitting the winner in the round of 16 tie. Elsewhere, LOSC Lille Métropole defeated ten-man SM Caen 4-1, AJ Auxerre overcame SC Bastia 4-0 and Olympique Lyonnais lost 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain FC after extra time.
Serie A pacesetters S. S. Lazio continued their impressive run of form by defeating Calcio Portogruaro Summaga 3-0 in the Coppa Italia fourth round. AC Cesena, however, were eliminated by Novara Calcio, while there were also convincing successes for Udinese Calcio and Cagliari Calcio.
FC Spartak Moskva inflicted a first league defeat in almost a year on leaders FC Zenit St. Petersburg, Dmitri Kombarov scoring the winner late on from the spot. Zenit, who last lost a top-flight game on 31 October 2009, are six points clear of FC Rubin Kazan with six games remaining and seven in front of PFC CSKA Moskva, who failed to capitalise after drawing 0-0 with FC Dinamo Moskva.
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