FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Valencia, Dortmund advance, Roma falls

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 17, 2015 10:30 AM
FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Valencia, Dortmund advance, Roma falls
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Valencia wins under Neville, advances in Copa del Rey

MADRID (AP) — Valencia beat third-tier club Barakaldo 2-0 for Gary Neville's first win as a head coach on Wednesday, advancing to the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey 5-1 on aggregate.

Santi Mina scored in the eighth minute and Alvaro Negrodo added in the 31st at the Mestalla Stadium to give Neville the victory in his third game in charge of the Spanish club.

"I'm happy with the result," Neville said. "Tonight it was important to win to build confidence. We hadn't won in the last couple of weeks. It was important to do it tonight."

Neville was confirmed as head coach just before Valencia won the first leg 3-1, but wasn't on the bench during the game. He watched from the stands when his team held Barcelona to a 1-1 home draw in the Spanish league.

The former England and Manchester United defender debuted with a 2-0 loss to Lyon in the Champions League, a result that eliminated Valencia from the competition. His second game was a 1-1 draw at Eibar in the Spanish league over the weekend.

"I think the talent is there, the ability is there," Neville said. "I saw many individual things that I liked tonight. I think that as a coach you are always thinking about what needs to improve, and there were things that we could have done better tonight, but also things that we did well."

In other games Wednesday, second-division club Mirandes upset Malaga 3-1 on aggregate after a 1-0 win in the second leg, while Eibar advanced 4-3 on aggregate after routing Ponferradina 4-0. The deciding goal was an 85th-minute penalty converted by Mikel Arruabarrena.

Rayo Vallecano eliminated Getafe on away goals despite a 3-1 loss, while Athletic Bilbao had six different scorers in a 6-0 rout of Linense to advance 8-0 on aggregate.

Las Palmas drew 1-1 at Real Sociedad to reach the next round 3-2 on aggregate.(TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer)

Roma crashes out of Cup to 2nd-division Spezia on penalties

MILAN (AP) — Roma's miserable month continued as it crashed out of the Italian Cup on Wednesday, losing 4-2 on penalties to second-division Spezia.

"On behalf of AS Roma and myself, I want to apologize to the fans for today's game," said Roma's American President James Pallotta on the club's twitter account. "Congratulations to Spezia."

Holder Juventus is safely through to the quarterfinals after sweeping aside 10-man Torino 4-0 in a derby match.

Napoli crushed Hellas Verona 3-0, while relegation-threatened Carpi pulled off an upset, with Antonio Di Gaudio scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Fiorentina.

Both Carpi and Fiorentina hit the woodowrk in the first half, while they each had a player sent off in stoppages as Gonzalo Rodriguez and Jerry Mbakogu were dismissed for an off the ball scuffle.

Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko missed Roma's first two spot kicks after the match had finished goalless after extra time.

Spezia scored all four of theirs to book a quarterfinal tie against third-division giantkiller Alessandria, which has knocked out Palermo and Genoa.

Roma, which is through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, has not won in any competition since beating Lazio in the capital derby on Nov. 8, leaving coach Rudi Garcia under pressure.

The team was resoundly jeered at the end of each period, while there were several chants against Garcia.

"Tonight we were expected to win and we didn't, it's a failure," Garcia said. "We have to weather the storm, recapture the wolf-like spirit, but I will never give up and I will push the team until the death, if that's what's needed.

"Now the only thing we need to do is not give up and get back to winning ways from Sunday against Genoa. We need character and pride. We are all angry at tonight's performance. You can't go out of the Italian Cup against a Serie B side. We need a different attitude on the pitch."

In Turin, Simone Zaza had given Juventus a first-half lead before Cristian Molinaro was sent off for a second yellow card, four minutes after the break.

Zaza doubled Juve's lead two minutes later and goals from Paulo Dybala and Paul Pogba sealed the win.

Juventus will face either last year's runner-up Lazio or Udinese in the quarterfinals.

Omar El Kaddouri and Dries Mertens got Napoli off to the perfect start, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes. Verona hit the crossbar before substitute Jose Callejon added a third minutes after coming off the bench.

Napoli meets league leader Inter Milan in the final eight, while Carpi will face either Sampdoria or AC Milan in its first ever Italian Cup quarterfinal. (DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press)

Dortmund advances in German Cup; Bayern drawn at Bochum

BERLIN (AP) — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored again Wednesday to help Borussia Dortmund beat Augsburg 2-0 and secure a quarterfinal against Stuttgart in the German Cup.

Bayern Munich, which knocked out holder Wolfsburg in the previous round, was drawn at second-division Bochum, Bayer Leverkusen is to host Werder Bremen, and Hertha Berlin will be visiting second-division Heidenheim in the other quarterfinals to be played on Feb. 9 and 10.

Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's top-scorer with 18 goals in 16 games, broke the deadlock in the 61st with a quick shot into the left corner after Lukasz Piszczek blocked Ji Dong-won's attempted clearance.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealed the result for the visitors five minutes later, his shot taking a deflection to give Augsburg 'keeper Marwin Hitz no chance.

Dortmund 'keeper Roman Buerki denied Ji with a good block late on.

Dortmund, which routed Paderborn 7-1 in the previous round, last won the cup in 2012 and is bidding to reach its third successive final.

Bochum won 2-0 at second-division rival 1860 Munich.

Earlier, Hertha and Stuttgart advanced with victories over second-division sides Nuremberg and Eintracht Braunschweig, respectively.

American defender John Anthony Brooks sealed Hertha's 2-0 win at Nuremberg with a fine header following Vladimir Darida's corner in the 65th minute.

Darida opened the scoring the 32nd, which the visiting fans celebrated with flares, causing a brief hold-up in play.

Bosnia defender Toni Sunjic scored two minutes from the end of extra time for Stuttgart's 3-2 win over Braunschweig.

Joseph Baffo fired Braunschweig into an early lead, only for Georg Niedermeier to equalize in the 21st. Goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz prevented Stuttgart taking the lead when he saved Alexandru Maxim's weak penalty in the 35th.

Timo Werner thought he'd won it when he scored in the ninth minute of extra time for Stuttgart, but Orhan Ademi drew the sides level again before Sunjic clinched it with a header.

Bayern, Leverkusen, Bremen, and Heidenheim all reached the quarterfinals on Tuesday.(CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press)


Defending champion PSG beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 in League Cup 

PARIS (AP) — Winger Angel Di Maria came off the bench to set up a late winner for striker Edinson Cavani as defending champion Paris Saint-Germain beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 to reach the League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Apart from hitting the crossbar with a scissor-kick in the first half, PSG top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a quiet game and was replaced by Di Maria, who went close with a free-kick in the 77th minute.

With four minutes remaining, Di Maria delivered a brilliant dipping pass over the defense and Cavani volleyed expertly past Jessy Moulin despite being slightly off balance.

"Saint-Etienne only came to defend, but I have to say they defended very, very well," PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. "I told my players at halftime that they had to do better."

But despite fielding a strong side, PSG struggled to break down a Saint-Etienne side featuring four teenagers and a reserve goalkeeper.

PSG hosts Lyon next month.

Lyon needed a late goal from forward Claudio Beauvue in a 2-1 home win against second-division Tours, giving beleaguered coach Hubert Fournier a much-needed win.

In the last match at Stade Gerland before Lyon moves to a new stadium next month, Beauvue struck a penalty in the 38th, but midfielder Ibrahima Tandia levelled 20 minutes from time.

Beauvue grabbed the winner in the 85th from near the penalty spot to prompt relief on Lyon's bench.

Also, former Newcastle winger Remy Cabella was on target as Marseille won 3-2 way to second-division Bourg-en-Bresse, while strikers Diego Roland and Henri Saivet scored as Bordeaux beat Monaco 3-0.

In the other quarters, it is: Toulouse vs. Marseille; Bordeaux vs. Lorient, and Guingamp vs. Lille.

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