Barcelona and Tottenham advance in cups
Neymar scored twice, and Barcelona won 3-2 at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals on 4-2 aggregate.
Barcelona will play Villarreal or Getafe, who play Thursday following the Yellow Submarine’s 1-0 win in the first leg. Espanyol goes to Sevilla ahead 3-1, and Athletic Bilbao hosts Malaga after a scoreless opening leg in the home-and-home, total-goals series
Atletico finished two men short after Gabi Fernandez (end of first half) and Mario Suarez (84th minute) received their second yellow cards.
Fernando Torres put Atletico ahead 39 seconds in, but Lionel Messi started a counterattack that led to Neymar’s goal in the ninth minute.
Raul Garcia converted a penalty kick in the 30th minute after referee Jesus Gil Manzano ruled Javier Mascherano fouled Juanfran Torres inside the penalty area — replays show the foul to be outside.
Miranda’s own goal in the 38th tied it when he directed Sergio Busquet’s off-target header into his own net. Neymar scored again in the 41st after Antoine Griezmann volleyed Guilherme Siqueira’s cross into Jordi Alba’s arm, but no hand ball was called. Messi led a counterattack and crossed to Alba, who knocked the ball down for Neymar to score.
Christian Eriksen got a pair of goals that gave Tottenham a 2-2 tie at third-tier Sheffield United and a 3-2 aggregate win, advancing Spurs to the League Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on March 1.
Eriksen scored on a free kick in the 28th minute, but substitute Che Adams put the hosts ahead with goals in the 77th and 79th minutes. Eriksen ran on to a through pass from Harry Kane to score in the 88th.
Serie A leader Juventus needed an 89th-minute goal from substitute Alvaro Morata for a 1-0 win at last-place Parma and a berth against Roma or Fiorentina in the Italian Cup semifinals.
Lazio plays Napoli or Inter Milan in the other semifinal.