BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Late substitute Felipe Caicedo scored twice to give Espanyol a 2-0 win over 10-man
Valencia on Tuesday and a place in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.
Espanyol advanced 3-2 on aggregate after losing the first leg 2-1 at Valencia.
Malaga also moved into the last eight, losing 3-2 to Levante on the night but coming through 4-3 on aggregate.
Valencia played a man down from the 13th minute after Shkodran Mustafi lost the ball under pressure from Sergio Garcia and then fouled him when the forward only had the goalkeeper to beat.
The visitors resisted until Caicedo headed home Salva Sevilla’s free kick in the 79th minute – just four minutes after coming on.
The Ecuador striker, who has had a subdued first season at Espanyol, received a heavy knock from goalie Yoel Rodriguez as he made contact with the ball, but jumped right back up and stripped off his shirt to celebrate.
Caicedo struck again with a minute left, after controlling Lucas Vazquez’s squared pass.
Malaga had won the first meeting with Levante 2-0 and looked to have taken full control of the second leg after goals by Ricardo Horta in the 22nd minute and Jose “Recio” Garcia in the 38th.
But David Barral sparked Levante’s rally, scoring twice after coming on in the 60th. The striker pulled a goal back in the 71st before adding another with a great solo effort three minutes later. He then headed on a corner kick for Juanfran Garcia to net Levante’s third in the 85th.