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Atletico see off Valencia, into Cup quarters

Agence France-Presse . Madrid

Atletico Madrid's Brazilian forward Diego da Silva Costa (R) kicks the ball past Valencia's midfielder Javi Fuego (L) and Valencia's Portuguese defender and captain Ricardo Costa (C) during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) round of 16 second-leg football match at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on January 14. – AFP photoAtletico Madrid's Brazilian forward Diego da Silva Costa (R) kicks the ball past Valencia's midfielder Javi Fuego (L) and Valencia's Portuguese defender and captain Ricardo Costa (C) during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) round of 16 second-leg football match at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on January 14. – AFP photo

Holders Atletico Madrid moved into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 2-0 win at home to Valencia on Tuesday to progress 3-1 on aggregate.
Atletico's prowess at set-pieces once again proved vital as Uruguayan defender Diego Godin nodded home the opener from Gabi's corner six minutes after half-time.
Valencia responded well to going behind, but just as in the first-leg they found it difficult to beat Thibaut Courtois as the Belgian produced fine saves to deny Helder Postiga and Michel.
And Atletico sealed victory when Raul Garcia headed home another corner a minute from time to set up a meeting with Athletic Bilbao or Real Betis in the last eight.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone made just two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Barcelona in a top of the table clash on Saturday as new signing Jose Sosa made his debut.
However, it was the other new face in the starting line-up, Garcia, who came closest to opening the scoring in the first-half but he just failed to connect with Juanfran's low cross.
The hosts did make the breakthrough just after the break as Valencia keeper Vicente Guaita got caught under Gabi's delivery to allow Godin to head into an empty net.
In a mirror image of the game at the Mestalla last week, Atletico's goal sparked Valencia into life.
Yet, they were again met by an in-form Courtois as the Chelsea loanee firstly leapt to his left to beat away Postiga's volley before turning behind Michel's accurate long-range effort.
Garcia then made the game safe with a powerful header from another Gabi corner.
Third-tier Racing Santander also continued their amazing cup run as they became the first side into the quarter-finals by winning 2-0 away at Almeria to progress 3-1 on aggregate.
The Cantabrian side, who are currently in administration, will face Real Sociedad or Villarreal in the next round.




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