Celta Vigo humble Real Madrid as Benfica stroll on

WEDNESDAY



Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid)
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Real Madrid 1-2 Celta Vigo (Marcelo 69; Aspas 64, Jonny 70)
Madrid will have to overturn a deficit in Vigo next Wednesday if they are to make it through this Copa del Rey quarter-final as they suffered their second straight defeat three days after Sevilla ended their 40-game unbeaten run. Marco Asensio went off injured early in the second half and the goals soon followed. Iago Aspas put the visitors in front and although Marcelo equalised with a thunderous volley, less than a minute later Jonny scored from outside the box to give Celta their sixth straight win.

Benfica 6-2 Leixões (Pizzi 21, André Almeida 31, Jonas 39, Mitroglou 59 71 90+1; Porcellis 44 67)
Benfica strolled into the Portuguese Cup semi-finals and increased their current unbeaten run to ten games as they saw off second-tier strugglers Leixões. Pizzi’s opportunist finish got Benfica going before André Almeida registered his maiden competitive goal for the first team on his 148th appearance and Jonas made it three. Although Leixões twice threatened to get back into the game, Kostas Mitroglou’s second-half hat-trick made certain for the Eagles. In the last four Benfica face Estoril, at home on 1 March and away on 5 April.

TUESDAY

Paderborn 1-6 Borussia Dortmund (Bertels 28; Castro 22, Reus 37, Götze 63, Schürrle 68p 84p, Guerreiro 81)
After friendly victories against PSV Eindhoven and Standard Liège in Andalusia, Dortmund travelled to Austria. In front of a crwd of in Paderborn more than 12,000, BVB secured a comfortable win despite the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Africa Cup of Nations and the injured Ousmane Dembélé, Sokratis Papastathopolous, Nuri Şahin, Sebastian Rode and Neven Subotić. Sven Bender limped off in the 11th minute with an ankle injury. Dortmund are back in Bundesliga action at Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Bochum (Hakan Çalhanoğlu 8, Pohjanpalo 80; Saglam 88)
Having previously beaten Estudiantes on penalties and Atlético Mineiro 1-0 in Orlando last week, Leverkusen ended their wiinter break programme with a friendly victory at their youth side’s Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion against 2. Bundesliga opposition. Leverkusen changed all ten outfielders at half-time versus Bochum as they prepare for Sunday’s Bundesliga resumption with the Werkself currently ninth. Kevin Volland sat out the game with back pain.

THURSDAY

Atlético Madrid v Eibar (19:15CET)
Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg, return next Wednesday

Real Sociedad v Barcelona (21:15CET)
Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg, return next Thursday

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