FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Inter, Alessandria through to Italian Cup quarterfinals
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 16, 2015 10:03 AM
Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic, left, celebrates with his teammate Geoffrey Kondogbia after scoring during the Italian Cup soccer match between Inter Milan and Cagliari at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
MILAN (AP) — League leader Inter Milan eased through to the Italian Cup quarterfinals by beating Cagliari 3-0, while third-division Alessandria also advanced after upsetting Genoa 2-1 on Tuesday.
Rodrigo Palacio, Marcelo Brozovic, and Ivan Perisic scored at San Siro to set up a quarterfinal against Napoli or Hellas Verona.
Alessandria, which beat another top-flight side — Palermo — in the previous round, will face either Roma or Spezia after becoming the first third-division side to reach the last eight in 32 years. It is the furthest Alessandria has been since losing the 1936 final.
Alessandria had to play the final 15 minutes and all of extra time with 10 men after Gianni Manfrin went off injured when all the substitutions were completed.
Genoa fan Manuel Marras scored the opener as well as setting up Riccardo Bocalon's 114th-minute winner.
"I have been a Genoa fan since birth, my father is Genoese, I played for Genoa (youth team)," Marras said. "But I celebrated because after a goal you have to celebrate, now I'm with Alessandria, but I'll always carry Genoa in my heart.
"With grit, sacrifice, and team spirit you can play anyone anywhere. The coach (Angelo Gregucci) is instilling in us a winning mentality, he has united the group, and we owe a great part of this to him."
Leonardo Pavoletti headed in Diego Perotti's free kick in stoppage time to force extra time.
In Milan, Inter took the lead in the first half when Palacio turned a deflected Juan Jesus cross into an empty net.
Cagliari could have equalized early in the second half as Fabio Pisacane's glancing header crashed off the base of the left post.
Brozovic all but sealed the match with 20 minutes to go with a stunning strike from outside the area into the far corner, giving young goalkeeper Alessio Cragno no chance.
The midfielder was instrumental in the third goal, too, with an effort that came off the right post, and the rebound was turned in by his Croatia teammate Perisic.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Xabi Alonso scored a spectacular goal for Bayern Munich to beat Darmstadt 1-0 and earn a place in the German Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Alonso controlled a corner with his right foot and fired a drop kick into the upper corner for the only goal closing on halftime.
Bayern labored to overcome a well-organized Darmstadt, and did not create many chances against the Bundesliga newcomer.
Werder Bremen won 4-3 at Borussia Moenchengladbach to reach its first quarterfinal in six years. Bayer Leverkusen also advanced, by beating fourth-tier Unterhaching 3-1.
Second-division Heidenheim beat third-tier Erzgebirge Aue 2-0 to make it to the quarterfinals for the first time.
Bayern stayed on course for three titles this season thanks to the well-taken Alonso goal from about 25 meters. Robert Lewandowski also hit the post but Bayern made little out of its near monopoly of possession. Late in the match, Darmstadt threatened a couple of times but never put Bayern in real danger.
"You have to take your early chances against such a defending team," Bayern director Matthias Sammer said. "We were not that fresh."
With six German Cup titles, Werder Bremen was second only to Bayern, which has won 17 out of 20 finals.
Lars Stindl put 'Gladbach ahead before Janek Sternberg and Jannik Vestergaard turned the match after the break. Branimir Hrgota pulled one back for Moenchengladbach, but Claudio Pizarro and Anthony Ujah in a three-minute span secured Bremen's victory. Hrgota got his second in injury time but it came too late to matter.
Moenchengladbach dropped to its third consecutive defeat across all competitions, and has conceded 13 goals in those three matches.
Leverkusen had to come from behind against Unterhaching. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored his 18th goal in 21 matches for Leverkusen, and Stefan Kiessling and Karim Bellarabi added the others.
Leverkusen lost the Bundesliga championship by going down in Unterhaching on the final day of the season in 2000.
Maximilian Bauer gave the now fourth-tier Unterhaching a glimmer of hope before the visiting Leverkusen stars replied.
MADRID (AP) — Deportivo La Coruna held on to a 1-1 home draw against second-division club Llagostera to advance to the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.
Deportivo won 3-2 on aggregate.
Midfielder Juan Dominguez put the hosts on the board in the second half, but Llagostera equalized with a penalty kick converted by Jordi Lopez 10 minutes later. Another Llagostera goal would've been enough to send the game into extra time.
Also, Real Betis advanced 5-3 on aggregate thanks to two late goals in a 3-3 draw at Sporting Gijon, while Sevilla cruised into the next round 5-0 on aggregate after a 2-0 home win over Logrones.
Espanyol came from behind to beat Levante 2-1, advancing 3-2 on aggregate.