English League Cup
Manchester United FC and West Ham United FC completed the semi-final lineup after both won away from home. Despite a torrential storm that forced play to be briefly suspended in the first half, Manchester United prevailed 2-0 at Stoke City FC thanks to Ashley Young and Patrice Evra. They now face Sunderland AFC, who knocked out Chelsea FC on Tuesday.
West Ham overcame Tottenham Hotspur FC 2-1, Matthew Jarvis and Modibo Maiga striking in the last 11 minutes to outdo Emmanuel Adebayor's goal for a side under caretaker manager Tim Sherwood following André Villas-Boas's Monday departure. Manchester City FC form West Ham's semi-final opposition over two legs in January.
French League Cup
Paris Saint-Germain knocked out holders AS Saint-Étienne to reach the last eight as Edinson Cavani struck late in extra time to clinch a 2-1 win. Cavani had earlier opened the scoring but Mevlüt Erdinç levelled with 12 minutes to go in regulation time.
Also through tonight, Olympique Lyonnais defeated Stade de Reims 3-2, OGC Nice saw off FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 3-0, Évian Thonon Gaillard FC beat SC Bastia 2-1, Olympique de Marseille overcame Toulouse FC by the same score, and FC Girondins de Bordeaux won 2-1 at Stade Rennais FC. ES Troyes AC are the sole Ligue 2 survivors, knocking out fellow second division side Tours FC 3-2 to complete the quarter-final lineup for 14 and 15 January along with FC Nantes, who ousted AJ Auxerre on Tuesday.
Draw: Bordeaux v Paris, Lyon v Marseille, Nantes v Nice, Troyes v Évian
Copa del Rey
Real Racing Club, semi-finalists as recently as 2010 but now in the third division after two straight relegations, recaptured some of their old glory as they won 2-0 at nine-man Sevilla FC to progress to the last 16 2-1 on aggregrate. Stéphane M'Bia was sent off for Sevilla conceding a penalty converted by David Miguélez to cancel out Racing's first-leg home loss and, as extra-time loomed, Mamadou Koné got the winner prior to Fernando Navarro's dismissal. Racing now take on UD Almería, who completed a 3-1 aggregate win against UD Las Palmas with a 0-0 draw.
Real Madrid CF made up for being held 0-0 at third-tier CD Olímpic de Xàtiva in the first leg of their round of 32 tie with a 2-0 home win thanks to goals from Asier Illarramendi and Ángel Di María, ensuring a meeting with CA Osasuna. Club Atlético de Madrid held a 4-0 lead at kick-off at home to another third-tier side, UE Sant Andreu, but only won 2-1 on the night, coming from behind with two late goals, including an added-time strike from Toby Alderweireld. They will meet Valencia CF if they can win their tie against Gimnàstic de Tarragona, which stands at 0-0, in one of the remaining second legs played on Thursday.
Real Sociedad de Fútbol were held 1-1 at Algeciras CF in their first leg but triumphed 4-0 tonight to set up a meeting with Villarreal CF. Real Beitis Balompié survived a comeback from Lleida Esportiu to draw 2-2 and go through 4-3 on aggregate to face RC Celta de Vigo or Athletic Club.
The round of 16 lineup will be played in the second and third weeks of January, followed in consecutive midweeks by the two legs of the quarter-finals and then semi-finals.
Juventus, entering in the round of 16 along with the rest of the 2012/13 Serie A top eight, are the first team through to the quarter-finals after seeing off Serie B side AS Avellino 1912 3-0. First-half goals from Sebastian Giovinco, Martín Cáceres and Fabio Quagliarella mean Juve will now face a tie with last season's runners-up AS Roma or UC Sampdoria, who will meet when the rest of the round of 16 is played in January.
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