Real's treble dreams disappear with King's Cup loss to Mallorca
There will be no treble this year for Real Madrid.
18 January 2008
MADRID -There will be no treble this year for Real Madrid. The Spanish Liga leader and Champions League promise saw its King's Cup run come to an end after losing its second round-of-16 match on Wednesday, failing to end the 14-year run in which this inter-league trophy will not be displayed at Bernabéu Stadium.
Despite playing well, the white side fell to Mallorca 1-0 at home, representing its first loss at the Bernabéu in 11 months. Ironically, it was Real who played better, dominating on possession and shots at goal, but missing its crucial attempts - ironic because it is exactly how the side has been accused of winning a large majority of games against its rivals so far this season.
Mallorca will next face Getafe (which had an easy time putting down Levante in their round 16 matches) in the quarterfinals to begin on 23 January.
While Real is out, cross-town rival Barcelona is in. Barça edged out its spot over Sevilla due to the double weight proportioned to its away goal in the first leg (1-1), after a 0-0 tie at Camp Nou on Tuesday failed to produce a goal difference. Barça will next face Villarreal, whose 2-0 win over Recreativo on Wednesday gave it the quarterfinal slot.
Somewhat surprising quarterfinal competitor will be Valencia. The side that is flailing in the league raked up a pair of 2-1 wins over Betis, and will move on to face Atlético de Madrid next week. Thanks to a brilliant away goal by the Argentine Kun Agüero, Atlético slipped past Valladolid despite another tie (1-1) on Wednesday.
The other quarterfinal matches will be played between Espanyol and Bilbao's Athletic.
[Copyright EL PAÍS / KELLY RAMUNDO 2008]
Subject: Spanish news