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Celta, Zaragoza and Mallorca through in King’s Cup

MADRID, Nov 30 — Celta Vigo set up a King’s Cup last-16 clash with Real Madrid when they overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to eliminate second division Almeria 3-2 on aggregate after extra time yesterday.

A knock too far: Zaragoza’s Helder Postiga (left) in this November 3, 2012, file photo in an aerial tussle with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos in a La Liga match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Postiga was red-flagged early in Zaragoza’s King’s Cup match against Granada yesterday, but his side held on to a 2-2 draw. — Reuters picA knock too far: Zaragoza’s Helder Postiga (left) in this November 3, 2012, file photo in an aerial tussle with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos in a La Liga match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Postiga was red-flagged early in Zaragoza’s King’s Cup match against Granada yesterday, but his side held on to a 2-2 draw. — Reuters picLa Liga side Celta left it until two minutes into added time to level the tie at 2-2 before Enrique De Lucas scored in the 109th minute to send them through.

Real Zaragoza, the 2004 winners, held on with 10 men following the dismissal of forward Helder Postiga to knock out Granada on away goals after the tie ended 2-2.

Zaragoza won 1-0 at home in the first leg and a 2-1 win for Granada in the return match was not enough for the Andalucians, with Levante waiting in the next round.

Real Mallorca went through at the expense of Deportivo La Coruna, also on away goals, after the two rivals from La Liga drew the second leg 0-0 in Palma and 1-1 on aggregate.

Mallorca next meet 2010 winners Sevilla.

The format of the Cup means it is extremely difficult for teams from lower divisions to get the better of top-flight opponents as they typically have to play away in the second legs.

The only non-La Liga sides left in the competition are second division Las Palmas and Cordoba.

The lineup for the last 16 is: Celta Vigo v Real Madrid; Osasuna v Valencia; Cordoba v Barcelona; Atletico Madrid v Getafe; Las Palmas v Real Betis; Levante v Real Zaragoza; Mallorca v Sevilla.

Malaga will also play last season’s runners-up Athletic Bilbao or third-tier Eibar.

The first leg at Eibar finished 0-0 but the second leg was postponed owing to a clash with Bilbao’s Europa League match at Israeli side Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona. — Reuters