Spanish Copa del Rey review

Benzema secures Madrid's progress

January 10, 2012

Real Madrid booked their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Tuesday night - and a probable clash against Barcelona - by seeing off Malaga.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates with teammates after scoring against Malaga
GettyImagesReal Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates with teammates after scoring against Malaga

Leading 3-2 after last week's first leg, they wrapped up an aggregate 4-2 victory courtesy of Karim Benzema's 72nd-minute goal.

Alvaro Arbeloa was dismissed for Jose Mourinho's men, who will face the winners of Thursday's return between Osasuna and Barcelona, which the European champions lead after a 4-0 first leg success at the Nou Camp last week.

Mallorca hit back from a 3-0 aggregate deficit to brush aside Real Sociedad and book their place in the quarter-finals with a 6-1 win at the ONO Estadi.

Sociedad looked set to progress when Diego Ifran added to their 2-0 first leg advantage with the opening goal in the return. However, the Basque side were stunned when four goals in eight minutes from Gonzalo Castro (2), Tomer Hemad and Jose Nunes had them trailing 4-1 at half-time.

Alejandro Alfaro made it 5-1 eight minutes into the second half and when Hemad grabbed his second goal just before the hour mark, the contest was over.

In Tuesday night's other game, Mirandes completed another upset as they knocked out Racing Santander.

The team from Spain's third tier, who knocked out Villarreal in the previous round, led 2-0 from the first leg and made sure of progress with a 1-1 draw.

Racing were back in it when Pedro Munitis gave them the lead 10 minutes before the break but the home side's Bernardo was dismissed 11 minutes into the second half and Pablo Infante's penalty 16 minutes later gave Mirandes a draw and 3-1 aggregate success.