• Copa del Rey First round

The new format of the Copa del Rey, with qualifiers to a single match until the semifinals, claimed its first victim in Alavés , who lost 3-1 in the Jaén field and said goodbye to a competition in which he played the final against Barcelona in the 2016/2017 season.

In such an iconic scenario for the history of Deportivo Alavés as the La Victoria Stadium, where he achieved a promotion to the Second Division in 2013 and was saved from the descent on the last day a year later, the whole of Asier Garitano fell eliminated to the first exchange for Real Jaén. The Andalusian team, currently in the Third Division and on the verge of disappearing due to its bulky debts, gave the bell, winning 3-1 and thus advancing to the next round, before the delirium of a hobby that came out for a day of the spiral of dislikes in which it is mired.

In a really unpresentable playing field, with more land than grass in sight, Jaén went ahead in the first quarter of an hour to an Alavés with several starters in the eleven: Martín, Laguardia, Wakaso, Rioja and Joselu . The expulsion of the Aragonese center as soon as the second part started gave even more wings to the locals, who scored the second goal six minutes from the end. Pere Pons shortened shortly after, but the Andalusian team achieved the third and sealed their feat.

Trouble of Granada and Leganés

The Granada was also close to being on the canvas. He raised a disadvantage of two goals in his visit to the Hospitalet , which went ahead with goals from Rippol, in the 12th minute, and Martinez, in the 44th. Ramos, of penalty, in the 52nd, and Soldier, in the 79th, took the party to the extension, where again Ramos, in 96, made the goal that gave the pass to the Andalusians (2-3), one of the revelation teams in the top category.

A Leganés full of reservations needed to reach the penalties during his visit to the Principality of Andorra. Those of Javier Aguirre started down with a Moussa goal in the first half, but Guido Carrillo was able to match the contest after the hour. Lega deserved to score but Gabri's team -ex player culé- endured well past the extension. On penalties, Juan Soriano was the hero stopping two pitches.

Blunt Athletic and Eibar

Meanwhile, two other 'first' as Athletic and Eibar beat their respective qualifiers with authority. Gaizka Garitano's team had no problems to end the humble Intercity of Alicante in a duel that was played at Martínez Valero, something that undoubtedly benefited the Vizcaíno team. Ibai, Beñat and Kenan Kodro scored the rojiblancos goals, while Eibar followed the same path in his visit to the SD Logroñés, field of old memories for the Armeto coach, Jose Luis Mendilibar, for his past as a player of the Rioja. De Blasis was the great protagonist with a hat-trick. A double by Brazilian Charles completed the win.

In addition, in other matches of this round they highlighted the eliminations of Malaga and Sporting at the hands of Escobedo and Zamora; the triumph of Deportivo de la Coruña -colista in Second- against a 'third' like the Illueca or the tight victories of Fuenlabrada and Rayo Vallecano, who needed the last breath of the extension to close their pass.

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