Madrid , Jan 17 (AP/UNB) — Antoine Griezmann's late goal couldn't save Atletico Madrid as its defense faltered in a surprising elimination to Girona in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Real Madrid and Sevilla lost their matches but both had big first-leg leads and advanced to the tournament's quarterfinals.
Atletico's usually stout defense struggled in a 3-3 draw and allowed an 88th-minute equalizer that kept Diego Simeone's team from reaching the last eight for the first time since the coach took over in 2012. It was the first time Atletico conceded three goals at home since it moved to Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in 2017.
Griezmann came off the bench to score an 84th-minute goal that looked set to send Atletico to the quarterfinals, but substitute Seydou Doumbia netted four minutes later and Girona advanced on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate score. The teams drew 1-1 in the first leg last week.
"It was a classic Copa match," Simeone said. "Girona was very efficient with its chances and in the end it got the result it needed. We have to congratulate them."
Atletico won the Copa for the last time in 2013, and it had made it at least to the last eight every time since then.
Girona is in the quarterfinals for the first time.
"The players did an incredible job to send us through," Girona coach Eusebio Sacristan said. "It's very important for our club to be able to advance. We know the importance of the feat that we have achieved."
Atletico started well and striker Nikola Kalinic opened the scoring in the 12th with a close-range shot after a long pass from Diego Godin. Girona equalized through Valery Fernandez after the hosts couldn't clear a cross into the area in the 37th, and it took the lead with a header by striker Cristhian Stuani in the 59th to leave Atletico in need of two goals to advance.
Angel Correa got the first from inside the area in the 66th after being set up by Griezmann, and the French forward — who entered the match in the 61st — scored the second with an angled left-footed shot into the top of the net.
Atletico fans were still celebrating at the Metropolitano when Doumbia, who came off the bench in the 68th, redirected the ball into the net after a low shot by Borja Garcia.
Simeone was back on the bench for Atletico after serving a three-game suspension for a rant in a Copa match against Sevilla last season.
MADRID GOES THROUGH
Madrid advanced 3-1 on aggregate despite a 1-0 loss at Leganes, which played better and had most of the chances at Butarque Stadium.
Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, one of the many second-stringers in the lineup, made several difficult saves to keep the hosts from scoring more goals.
The local crowd gave Leganes a standing ovation after the final whistle. It was the team's first home win ever against Madrid.
Leganes had eliminated the Spanish powerhouse in the quarterfinals of last year's Copa with a win at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Newly signed striker Martin Braithwaite scored the game's lone goal in the 30th.
"We lost the match but advanced," midfielder Casemiro said. "We had it under control."
Sevilla, a Copa finalist in two of the last three seasons, advanced to the quarterfinals despite a 1-0 home loss to Athletic Bilbao. It had won the first leg 3-1 in Bilbao.
Gorka Guruzeta scored Athletic's winner in the 77th.
Four-time defending champion Barcelona hosts Levante on Thursday to try to reverse a 2-1 first-leg loss.
Southampton, Jan 17 (AP/UNB) — Derby came from two goals down for the second time against Southampton to eliminate the Premier League club from the FA Cup on Wednesday, winning a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw in their third-round replay.
Derby captain Richard Keogh converted the decisive spot kick to secure a 5-3 win in the shootout after Nathan Redmond missed the only penalty for Southampton by shooting wide.
Southampton, which also led 2-0 in the teams' first 2-2 draw on Jan. 5, looked to be headed for the fourth round after Stuart Armstrong and Redmond scored in the 68th and 70th minutes to put the Premier League side in control. But Harry Wilson pulled one back with a free kick in the 76th and Martyn Waghorn equalized six minutes later to send the game to extra time.
Redmond also missed a good chance to restore Southampton's lead in the 111th minute, shooting straight at goalkeeper Kelle Roos after being slipped in by Oriol Romeu, before his off-target spot kick in the shootout proved decisive.
It was the Championship club's second penalty shootout win against a Premier League side this season after stunning Manchester United in the League Cup in September, giving first-year manager Frank Lampard another memorable cup victory.
Derby's preparation for this game was dominated by the fallout from Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa admitting that he had sent a staff member to spy on Lampard's team in training ahead of their meeting last week in the Championship.
Lampard refused to comment on the matter before kickoff.
Melbourne, Jan 17(AP) — Kei Nishikori will be hoping for a better start Thursday in his second-round match against Ivo Karlovic on Margaret Court Arena than he did in his first at the Australian Open.
The Japanese star lost the first two sets against Kamil Majchrzak and advanced when the Polish qualifier had to retire with an injury while trailing 3-0 in the deciding set. Nishikori has won his two most recent matches against Karlovic, including at the 2016 U.S. Open.
Rod Laver Arena has afternoon matches between Milos Raonic and former champion Stan Wawrinka and top-ranked Simona Halep against American Sofia Kenin.
Serena Williams plays Eugenie Bouchard to open night play on the main show court, followed by top-seeded Novak Djokovic's match against former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
It's mostly cloudy at Melbourne Park with the temperature expected to rise to 33 Celsius (91 Fahrenheit).
Jeddah, Jan 17 (AP/UNB) — Amid a background of protests and political outrage, Juventus beat 10-man AC Milan 1-0 in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to win the Italian Super Cup for a record eighth time.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal of the match to win his first trophy with the Italian team.
"I'm very happy, it was what I wanted, I'm very happy to have won my first title with Juventus," Ronaldo said.
It was Ronaldo's fourth goal in his past four matches as he shows little sign of being affected — on the pitch at least — by a case of alleged rape involving an American woman.
Ronaldo has been asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of the allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.
Juventus, which has won the league the past seven seasons, leads Serie A by nine points and is in the quarterfinal of the Italian Cup as well as the last 16 of the Champions League.
"We have to take it step by step," Ronaldo continued. "The aim was to start well this year and we have done and now we have to continue to work for our other objectives."
Italian politicians and human rights activists had objected to the game being played in Saudi Arabia, citing the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
But the match went ahead at a sold-out King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah in front of more than 61,000 fans, including many women who were only allowed into Saudi sports stadiums a year ago for the first time to watch soccer matches.
Last June, the Italian league announced it agreed to a deal with Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority for three of the next five Super Cups to be played in the kingdom. The deal will provide more than 20 million euros ($23 million) to Serie A and 3.5 million euros to participating clubs.
"I'm very respectful of all the opinions," Lega Serie A President Gaetano Micciche said. "We've talked about it and we'll talk again. I think it has been useful to open this dialogue, we'll talk about it all civilly and everyone will understand everyone else's positions."
Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at Milan from Juventus, had also been a focus of the buildup to the match ahead of a potential move to Chelsea, but the Argentina forward was named on the bench against his parent club, with Milan saying he had had a fever.
Blaise Matuidi had a goal for Juventus disallowed for offside while Ronaldo saw an acrobatic effort bounce narrowly over the crossbar in an even first half which also saw Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny pull off a good save to deny Hakan Calhanoglu.
Milan almost took the lead immediately after halftime but Patrick Cutrone's effort came off the crossbar.
The Rossoneri were left to rue that missed opportunity as Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 61st minute.
Miralem Pjanic floated a ball over the top and Ronaldo headed it past Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Juventus had another goal disallowed for offside but any chance Milan had of getting back into the match all but evaporated after midfielder Franck Kessie was sent off in the 74th following a poor tackle on Emre Can, which saw him stamp on the Juventus midfielder.
Referee Luca Banti initially showed Kessie only a yellow card but changed it to a red after seeing the late tackle again on video review.
Milan was infuriated after VAR was not used on what it felt was a penalty after Can appeared to clatter into the back of Andrea Conti.
Higuain, who had come on for the final 20 minutes, had to be dragged away by his former teammates.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) – Staging a great comeback from their shocking 8-wicket defeat against Comilla Victorians after being dismissed for only 68 runs on Tuesday, Sylhet Sixers beat defending champions of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Wednesday at their home- Sylhet International Stadium- by 27 runs.
It was Rangpur’s fourth loss in six matches while Sylhet’s second win in five matches.
Rangpur needed 61 runs in the last five overs with Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Benny Howell in the wicket. But they managed only 33 losing another wicket. Rilee Rossouw was the only batsman to offer some resistance from Rangpur scoring 58, but his effort went in vain as they ended the innings on 160/6 in 20 overs.
The Riders started chasing a challenging total of 187 on a demoralising manner as they lost first three wickets in 13 runs. Mehedi Maruf was the first Riders batsman to fall. He added only three runs. Alex Hales, who got the chance in BPL for third time, failed to impress as he added only seven.
Riders lost both the openers on 11 runs. Chris Gayle went to the middle as number three. He fell for a duck. Mehedi Hasan Rana, the left-arm pacer, took the first two wickets, and Sohail Tanvir trapped Gayle.
After the initial damage, Rilee Rossouw and Mohammad Mithun made an 87-run stand in the fourth wicket. Their counter attack set up a good platform for the Riders to win the match.
However, Taskin Ahmed removed both of them to steer Sylhet to the hard-fought win. The right-arm pacer took two wickets conceding 34 runs. Mehedi Hasan also bagged two wickets for 40 runs.
Earlier, Sylhet Sixers posted a challenging total of 187/5 which was their highest total in the ongoing BPL. Liton Das and David Warner hit fifties for the Sixers.
Rangpur won the toss and opted to bowl first. Sylhet started the innings with Sabbir Rahman and Liton Das. They added 73 runs in the first wicket stand. Sabbir fell as the first batsman scoring 20 off 20 balls. But Liton hit his best innings of the season.
Liton Das reached fifty off 29 balls and ended the innings at 70 off 43 balls with nine fours and one six. He had the chance to score first century of BPL’s running season. But he fell prey to run-out. Benny Howell and Chris Gayle were the fielders.
In the second wicket stand, Liton and Warner added 56 runs on the board. After Liton’s dismissal, Warner kept the score afloat. He also hit a half-century off 33 balls. Warner remained unbeaten on 61 off 36 balls.
Shafiul Islam took three wickets for the Riders and Benny Howell bagged a wicket.
Rangpur will take on Sylhet Sixers again in their next match on 19 January. Before that match, Sylhet will face off Dhaka Dynamites on 18 January at Sylhet International Stadium on 18 January.