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Sevilla, Napoli and City make cup progress

UEFA Europa League hopefuls SSC Napoli, Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC enjoyed domestic knockout success on a night Montpellier Hérault SC reached the French League Cup final.

Frédéric Kanouté celebrates his goal against Villarreal
Frédéric Kanouté celebrates his goal against Villarreal ©Getty Images

UEFA Europa League round of 32 contenders SSC Napoli, Sevilla FC and Manchester City FC enjoyed domestic cup success on Tuesday evening.

Sevilla are through to the Copa del Rey semi-finals after wrapping up a 6-3 aggregate victory against Villarreal CF. The Liga rivals drew 3-3 in the first leg of their last-eight tie, but it was Gregorio Manzano's side who took charge of the second instalment. Renato gave the hosts the lead after just seven minutes, with Frédéric Kanouté and Alexis putting them out of reach.

Napoli, second to AC Milan in Serie A, progressed in the Coppa Italia at Bologna FC's expense. First-half efforts from Hassan Yebda and Ezequiel Lavezzi gave the hosts a two-goal cushion and, though Riccardo Meggiorini's spot kick halved the deficit soon after the interval, Walter Mazzarri's team hung on to book a quarter-final tie at home to FC Internazionale Milano.

Manchester City, meanwhile, made it through to the FA Cup fourth round at the second attempt. Held 2-2 by Sven-Göran Eriksson's Leicester City FC ten days ago, City won 4-2 in the return thanks to goals from Carlos Tévez – who also missed a penalty – Patrick Vieira, Adam Johnson and Aleksandar Kolarov. Elsewhere, Jonathan Walters scored twice in extra time as Stoke City FC beat Cardiff City FC 2-0 in their replay, while Wolverhampton Wanderers FC won 5-0 against Doncaster Rovers FC.

Montpellier Hérault SC will face the winners of Wednesday's meeting between AJ Auxerre and holders Olympique de Marseille in the French League Cup showpiece following their semi-final victory over Paris Saint-Germain FC. PSG, reduced to ten men when Clément Chantôme saw red on 89 minutes, were beaten by an Olivier Giroud goal at the start of the second period of extra time which finally broke the deadlock.