Denis delights Barcelona, Benfica’s cup runs dry


Barcelona 5-2 Real Sociedad, agg: 6-2 (Denis Suárez 17 82, Messi 55, Luis Suárez 63, Arda 80; Juanmi 62, Willian José 73)
With a fifth straight win in all competitions, Barcelona built on a 1-0 first leg lead to march on to the Copa del Rey semi-finals. Denis Suárez, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez all scored for the second game in succession, having also found the target in Sunday’s 4-0 Liga success at Eibar. The Argentinian has scored at least once in nine of his last ten matches.

Moreirense 3-1 Benfica (Drame 46, Boateng 54 71; Salvio 6)
It all seemed to be going to plan when Eduardo Salvio ran on to meet a sweet, deep cross from the left with a first time finish after six minutes, but Benfica failed to set up a meeting with Braga in Sunday’s Portuguese League Cup final. The Eagles have won seven of the nine previous editions of the competition (including the most recent three) but were undone by a deft finish from former Sporting CP man Ousmane Drame and two strikes from Ghanaian forward Emmanuel Boateng. Defeat ended an 11-game unbeaten run (W10 D1).


Eibar 2-2 Atlético Madrid, agg: 3-5 (Enrich 73, Leon 81; Giménez 49, Juanfran 85)
José María Giménez’s header, his first goal of the season, increased Atlético’s aggregate lead in this Copa del Rey quarter-final matchup. Eibar turned the game, if not the tie, around with two quick-fire goals, only for Juanfran’s lob to save the Rojiblancos from defeat on the night. The semi-finals, drawn on Friday, are played over the next two midweeks.

José María Giménez (Atlético)
José María Giménez (left) after his first goal since February©Getty Images

Juventus 2-1 AC Milan (Dybala 10, Pjanić 21; Bacca 53)
Juventus will face Napoli in the two-legged Coppa Italia semi-finals in early March and April after this narrow win. Paulo Dybala’s powerful finish was added to when Miralem Pjanić curled a free-kick past Gianluigi Donnarumma. Though Carlos Bacca volleyed Milan back into it, the Rossoneri were dealt a blow when Manuel Locatelli was dismissed two minutes later.

Monaco 1-0 Nancy (Falcao 45)
Radamel Falcao headed Monaco into the French League Cup final, where they will play Paris Saint-Germain on 1 April. The Colombian international pounced on an error by Nancy keeper Guy-Roland N’Dy Assembe, who spilled the ball after mistiming his run to collect Jemerson’s flick into the penalty area. 

Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Madrid, agg: 4-3 (Danilo og 44, Wass 85; Ronaldo 63, Vázquez 90)
Substitute Lucas Vázquez’s late header spared Madrid from their third loss in four games, but it was not enough to prolong the Whites’ Copa del Rey campaign as Celta progressed to the last four. 


Bordeaux 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain (Rolán 32; Di María 19 81, Cavani 60 74)
This comfortable win means Paris will aim for a fourth straight French League Cup when they face Monaco in the final at Stade de Lyon on 1 April. Ángel Di María broke the deadlock when he curled in a free-kick off the crossbar, but Diego Rolán levelled. However, Paris remained on top and Edinson Cavani produced a confident finish following a through ball from Lucas Moura. Cavani’s second of the game, and 28th of 2016/17, followed when he finished off a twice flicked on corner by Di María, who made it four with a stylish shot.

José Callejón (Napoli)
José Callejón celebrates his Napoli winner©Getty Images

Napoli 1-0 Fiorentina (Callejón 71)
Napoli earned a Coppa Italia semi-final against holders Juventus in a tie where both teams finished with ten men. Lorenzo Insigne had sent free-kicks on to the bar in both halves before the deadlock was broken by a superb flowing move which culminated with José Callejón heading in Marek Hamšík’s first-time cross. In the 90th minute Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj received his second yellow card and deep into added time he was followed in seeing red by Fiorentina’s Maximiliano Olivera.

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