COPA DEL REY

Bilbao advances in Copa del Rey

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Mikel Rico scored two goals to send Athletic Bilbao into the Copa del Rey quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory against Real Betis on Wednesday.

Bilbao, trailing 1-0 after the first leg in Seville, leveled the contest on aggregate in the 23rd minute when Rico produced a magnificent touch to gather Ander Iraiola's lofted pass into the area on the run and score with a left-footed shot.

Athletic, a 22-time winner of the cup, secured its passage at its San Mames Stadium in the 67th minute when a poor clearance rolled to Rico and his angled shot secured a 2-1 victory over two legs.

Portuguese forward Pizzi curled home a late winner for Espanyol to end second-tier Alcorcon's run with a 4-2 home win that put it through 4-3 on aggregate.

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