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More goals for Messi, quarter-final joy for Swansea

Published: Wednesday 12 December 2012, 23.56CET
Lionel Messi added two more goals to his record tally in 2012 as FC Barcelona continued their Copa del Rey defence while Swansea City AFC reached the English League Cup semi-finals.
More goals for Messi, quarter-final joy for Swansea
Gerard Piqué (right) congratulates Lionel Messi on one of his two goals against Córdoba ©AFP

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Published: Wednesday 12 December 2012, 23.56CET

More goals for Messi, quarter-final joy for Swansea

Lionel Messi added two more goals to his record tally in 2012 as FC Barcelona continued their Copa del Rey defence while Swansea City AFC reached the English League Cup semi-finals.

England
A solitary late own goal from Seb Hines sent Swansea City AFC into the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time at the expense of second-tier high-fliers Middlesbrough FC. Hines, under pressure, headed a corner into the visitors' net after 81 minutes in south Wales. The lineup for the last four – which also features Aston Villa FC and fourth-division Bradford City AFC, conquerors of Arsenal FC – will be completed on 19 December when Leeds United AFC host Chelsea FC. 

Italy
Juventus and Calcio Catania joined AS Roma – who on Tuesday beat Atalanta BC – in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals. Catania, having drawn level against Parma FC through Francesco Lodi's penalty, required spot kicks to progress at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, going through 4-3 after Marco Parolo and Gabriel Paletta failed from 11 metres. Giovanni Marchese converted his attempt, booking the Elefantini a tie against S.S. Lazio or AC Siena.

Juventus, meanwhile, got the job done in regulation time against Cagliari Calcio thanks to Sebastian Giovinco's 57th-minute goal in Turin. The Bianconeri will face AC Milan or Reggina Calcio, who play on Thursday, in the last eight.

Spain
Three days after surpassing Gerd Müller's record 85-goal haul for club and country in a calendar year, Lionel Messi struck twice as holders FC Barcelona prevailed 2-0 at Córdoba CF in the first leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 tie. Real Madrid CF lost 2-1 at RC Celta de Vigo, but were given hope ahead of the 9 January return by Cristiano Ronaldo's 87th-minute strike. 

The night's biggest winners were Sevilla FC, who cruised to a 5-0 victory at RCD Mallorca, the Liga strugglers who had succumbed 4-0 to Levante UD on Sunday. Club Atlético de Madrid, meanwhile, established a 3-0 lead at home to neighbours Getafe CF thanks in part to Diego Costa's double. Elsewhere, there was disappointment for last season's runners-up Athletic Club whose 1-1 home draw with SD Eibar in a rescheduled round of 32 second leg meant the Leones were eliminated on aggregate after the corresponding fixture ended scoreless.

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