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Copa del Rey: Valencia held as Espanyol stunned

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Defending champion Valencia played out a 1-1 draw at Racing Santander while Segunda Division B side Polideportivo Ejido produced another remarkable performance by beating La Liga outfit Espanyol 3-2 in the first leg of of a fifth-round Copa del Rey match.

Holders Valencia finished the match with just nine men as left winger Vicente and right-back Miguel were both dismissed in separate incidents just before the final whistle at Santander.

Valencia went ahead after 37 minutes when Santander midfielder Gonzalo Colsa glanced a header from Manuel Fernandes' corner past his own goalkeeper.

Santander defender Ezequiel Garay missed a penalty in the 49th minute, but midfielder Mehdi Lacen drew Racing level six minutes later with a low free kick which curled around the Valencia wall.

Giant-killer Poli Ejido, who knocked out Villarreal in the first round, trailed 1-0 at half-time as Moisés Hurtado scored in the 16th minute.

But two goals just after the break from Jorge Molina's penalty and Juli put Ejido ahead.

Román Martínez for the visitors in the 72nd with a chipped shot, but Ejido were not to be denied as Chico produced a spectacular long-range winner four minutes later.

Espanyol also finished the match with ten-men as goalscorer Moisés was ejected for a second yellow card in the 81st minute.

Another giant-killer Real Unión were beaten at home by Real Betis, while Sevilla won 1-0 against Deportivo La Coruña and Sporting Gijón defeated Valladolid 3 - 1.

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