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Cup progress for Madrid, Marseille and Lazio

Karim Benzema earned Real Madrid CF a potential Copa Del Rey quarter-final tie against FC Barcelona while Olympique de Marseille and S.S. Lazio also enjoyed cup progress.

Madrid's Karim Benzema (right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the only goal at Málaga
Madrid's Karim Benzema (right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the only goal at Málaga ©AFP

Real Madrid CF set up a potential Copa Del Rey quarter-final against FC Barcelona after a 1-0 victory against Málaga CF earned them a 4-2 aggregate win.

Though the hosts gave the holders a stern test, Wilfredo Caballero kept Manuel Pellegini's charges in the tie with a string of fine saves before allowing a tame shot by Karim Benzema through his legs. Madrid, who had Álvaro Arbeloa sent off, will look forward to another Clásico encounter in the last eight should CA Osasuna fail to overturn a 4-0 deficit against Josep Guardiola's men on Thursday.

RCD Mallorca achieved a remarkable cup comeback by rattling off four goals in six first-half minutes to recover from a 3-0 aggregate deficit against Real Sociedad de Fútbol. Gonzalo Castro and Tomer Hemed each scored twice in a 6-1 home victory and 6-3 aggregate win. Joining them in the quarter-finals are third-tier outfit CD Mirandés, whose 1-1 draw at ten-man Real Racing Club sealed a 3-1 success over the two legs.

S.S. Lazio booked their place in the last eight of the Coppa Italia although it took a last-minute winner by Hernanes to clinch a five-goal thriller against Serie B outfit Hellas Verona FC. Though André Dias and Tommaso Rocchi gave the hosts a two-goal lead, second-half efforts by Emanuele Berrettoni and Italy Under-21 international Marco D'Alessandro levelled the tie before the final twist.

Crystal Palace FC edged a 1-0 home victory in the first leg of their English League Cup semi-final encounter against Cardiff City AFC. Anthony Gardner's close-range header two minutes before half-time gave the initiative to Dougie Freedman's second-tier side.

Three days after qualifying for the last 32 of the Coupe de France, Olympique de Marseille reached the semi-finals of the French League Cup thanks to a 3-0 victory at SM Caen. Mathieu Valbuena scored either side of a Loïc Rémy strike to keep OM on course for a third successive win in the competition.