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Milan, Madrid, Troyes and City among cup winners

Published: Thursday 16 January 2014, 0.26CET
Keisuke Honda struck on his AC Milan debut, Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid CF through, ES Troyes AC surprised and Manchester City FC got more goals on a busy night of cup action.
Milan, Madrid, Troyes and City among cup winners
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Published: Thursday 16 January 2014, 0.26CET

Milan, Madrid, Troyes and City among cup winners

Keisuke Honda struck on his AC Milan debut, Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid CF through, ES Troyes AC surprised and Manchester City FC got more goals on a busy night of cup action.

Coppa Italia
AC Milan put their recent league woes and coaching change behind them as, under caretaker Mauro Tassotti, they cruised to a 3-1 round of 16 victory against Spezia Calcio. Robinho and Giampaolo Pazzini scored in a three-minute first-half period at San Siro and not long after the interval Keisuke Honda claimed his maiden goal since his switch from PFC CSKA Moskva. Nicola Ferrari notched a late consolation. Milan now take on Udinese Calcio in the quarter-finals next Wednesday.

With Spezia's exit, AC Siena are the only second-tier side in the last eight after a 4-1 win at Serie A's bottom team Calcio Catania, who had scored first, earned them a tie with ACF Fiorentina. SSC Napoli earned a date with holders SS Lazio after coming from behind to beat ten-man Atalanta BC 3-1 in Naples and complete the quarter-final lineup.

Quarter-final draw
AS Roma v Juventus: 21 January
AC Milan v Udinese Calcio: 22 January
AC Siena v ACF Fiorentina: 28 January
SSC Napoli v SS Lazio (holders): 29 January

Semi-final draw (2 legs, 5 & 12 February)
Milan/Udinese v Siena/Fiorentina
Roma/Juventus v Napoli/Lazio

Final: Rome, 3 May

Copa del Rey
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his FIFA Ballon d'Or success on Monday by setting Real Madrid CF on their way to the quarter-finals. Already 2-0 up going into the second leg at CA Osasuna, Madrid effectively settled the tie with an away goal when Ronaldo's 22nd-minute free-kick eluded the grasp of Andrés Fernández. Ángel Di María added a second in the 56th minute to make it 4-0 on aggregate but Fábio Coentrão was sent off late on and Álvaro Morata departed with a head injury after all substitutes were used, leaving Madrid to finish with nine men.

Madrid will now meet RCD Espanyol over the next fortnight. Espanyol began their home leg 1-0 down to AD Alcorcón – currently in the Segunda División relegation zone – and conceded again early on. However, the Barcelona outfit scraped through with a 4-2 win on the night. Víctor Álvarez and Pizzi scored in the last six minutes for a 4-3 aggregate success, not long after it seemed Javito had put the tie beyond Espanyol.

Athletic Club started off 1-0 down at home to Real Betis Balompié but Mikel Rico Moreno registered midway through either half to put the Bilbao club through 2-1 on aggregate to a quarter-final against holders Club Atlético de Madrid. The winners of that encounter will play Madrid or Espanyol in the semis.

David Barral gave Levante UD a 1-0 home victory over Rayo Vallecano de Madrid in the second leg of a contest that had resumed scoreless. Levante are now likely to face FC Barcelona, who take a 4-0 lead to Getafe CF tomorrow.

French League Cup
Second division ES Troyes AC, who commenced their campaign in the preliminary round in August, are into the semi-finals for the first time after defeating Évian Thonon Gaillard FC 3-1. Benjamin Nivet and Ghislain Gimbert gave the hosts a two-goal half-time advantage and although Clarck Nsikulu pulled one back with 21 minutes to go, 19-year-old substitute Jimmy Cabot removed all doubt late on.

Yoann Gourcuff and Bafétimbi Gomis ensured Olympique Lyonnais beat Olympique de Marseille 2-1 at Stade de Gerland to earn a home tie witH Troyes despite André-Pierre Gignac reducing the deficit with a last-minute penalty. FC Nantes pipped OGC Nice 4-3 thanks to Serge Gakpé's 87th-minute clincher not long after Dario Cvitanich had equalised for the visitors. They now play Paris Saint-Germain.

Semi-final draw (4/5 February)
FC Nantes v Paris Saint-Germain
Olympique Lyonnais v ES Troyes AC

FA Cup
Manchester City FC
completed the fourth-round lineup after winning their replay against Blackburn Rovers FC 5-0 in Manchester. Despite City's free-scoring form at home, it took until first-half added time for Álvaro Negredo to head last year's beaten finalists in front and he added another just after the break before Edin Džeko made it three from a tight angle.

With 18 minutes to go Sergio Agüero came off the bench after a month out injured and scored with virtually his first touch, then Džeko notched the club's 99th goal of the season. City are at home to another second-tier side, Watford FC, in the last 32 on 25 January.

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