MADRID, Spain -- Atletico Madrid will play crosstown rival Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinals after coming from behind for a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, sending the visitors through 3-1 on aggregate. Air Max 97 Ingrosso . Bilbao had yet to be beaten in 12 games at its new San Mames Stadium, and it appeared set to turn around its 1-0 first-leg loss after Aritz Aduriz scored in the 42nd minute. But as steady rain continued to fall, defending champion Atletico resisted Bilbaos push until Raul Garcia beat goalkeeper Iago Herrerin on a second try in the 54th. Diego Costa scored on the break with four minutes to play to seal a rematch of last years final, when Atletico ended a 14-year winless run against Madrid by winning 2-1 in extra time. "At halftime we talked about being a team made of men," Garcia said. "We had to step up when things were at their worst, and thats what happened." Also, Alexis Sanchez scored twice to help Barcelona rout Levante 5-1 at home and advance 9-2 over two legs. The Catalan club will play either Real Sociedad or third-tier Racing Santander next. Andres Iniesta returned after missing four games for Barcelona. Adriano, Carles Puyol, and Cesc Fabregas added to Alexiss double after Levante went ahead through Loukas Vyntras header that hit Barcelonas Sergio Roberto before going in. The marquee matchup of the quarterfinal round between the defending champion and Bilbao, a 23-time winner, lived up to its billing as the two sides offered a flowing, up-tempo match from start to finish. And given the chances created by both sides, the final score would have been larger if it hadnt been for the superb performances by both goalkeepers. "Thats because we played against a great team," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "Football is passion and here (in Bilbao) you can experience football in its purest form. Its incredible how the team feeds off the atmosphere." Diego Costa had the first opportunity 30 seconds into the game, but keeper Iago Herrerin denied him one-on-one. The visitors lost left back Filipe Luis to a leg injury in the 12th, but didnt miss him until the final minutes of the first half when the intense contest swung in Bilbaos favour. After Bilbaos Mikel Rico and Atleticos Garcia had both sent shots inches from the post, Aduriz rose above Diego Godin to head Mikel Balenziagas cross off the turf and into the net. Bilbao pressed to extend its lead with the overall score now level at 1-1, and Atletico goalie Thibaut Courtois had to turn away another Aduriz header and Ricos volley before the respite of halftime. After he had stopped Diego Costa again, Herrerin used a reflex save to deflect Garcias shot, but Garcia was not to be denied seconds later when he whipped in Cristian Rodriguezs cross with a similar left-footed volley. Diego Costa finally bettered Herrerin when he had plenty of time and space to size him up and round him before scoring. The semifinals start next week. Air Max 97 Argento .com) - Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were among the third-round winners Friday at the French Open. Air Max 97 Bordeaux Corduroy . With timely hitting and good pitching, the Marlins are one win away from sweeping the slumping Houston Astros.BORDEAUX, France - World championships runner-up Tatsuki Machida of Japan and Ashley Wagner of the United States hope to clinch spots for the Grand Prix Final when they compete at the Trophee Bompard, which starts Friday.Machida won Skate America last month in Chicago and will face his main competition from Olympic bronze medallist Denis Ten of Kazakhstan and Russian champion Maxim Kovtun, who finished first at the Cup of China two weeks ago.Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu skipped the French event to compete at the NHK Trophy next week in Japan. Javier Fernandez of Spain, who tops the standings, has already qualified for the GP Final, which will feature the top six skaters or pairs or dance couples in each category.Meanwhile, Wagner looks to become the first American since Michelle Kwan in 2001 to qualify for three straight GP Finals. Last year, she beat Adelina Sotnikova of Russia to claim the Trophee Bompard.Sotnikova went on to win the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.Wagner, the runner-up at Skate Canada three weeks ago, will be under pressure from Russias Julia Lipnitskaia, another star of the Sochi Games, and Elena Radionova. Worlds silver medallist Lipniitskaia placed second at the Cup of China, while two-time junior world champion Radionova won Skate America. Air Max 97 Ultra 17 Hologram. Russias Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Anna Pogorilaya have already earned their spots at the GP Final with top two finishes at other events. Sotnikova skipped the Grand Prix series because of an ankle injury.In pairs, Olympic silver medallists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia are the favourites after winning the Rostelecom Cup last week in Moscow. They could be challenged by Chinas Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, the runners-up at Skate Canada.In ice dance, world champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy have pulled out of the Trophee Bompard. Frances Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, and Canadas Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier are the main contenders. The French duo won the Cup of China, while the Canadians claimed the silver medal at their home event.The Trophee Bompard is the fifth event of the Grand Prix series. It begins Friday with short programs and short dance.The NHK Trophy next week in Osaka, Japan, will be the last chance for skaters to qualify for the GP Final from Dec.11-14 in Barcelona, Spain. ' ' '
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Jan 02, 2020
coming from behind for a 2-1 win
coming from behind for a 2-1 win