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José Juan, Alcoyano's hero again in the Cup


Dani Gómez, from Levante, finishes off against José Juan, the hero of Alcoyano's classification. MORELL (EFE)

A total of 55 teams play the second round of the Copa, which opened on the first day with shocks for the First teams. “Each game is a piece of this Cup,” admitted Julen Lopetegui, coach of Sevilla, today Andrax's rival, to reflect the toughness of a tournament that saw the first elimination of two top-flight teams: Alavés, who fell to Linares (2-1), a team from the First Federation, and Levante, defeated on penalties (3-3 and 3-1 in the shoot-out) by a great Alcoyano (also from the 1st RFEF), who already eliminated in the last edition to Madrid. Again José Juan, Alcoyano goalkeeper, was the hero.

CDA Alcoyano
José Juan, Pablo Carbonell (Andy Escudero, min. 72), Lillo, Primi (Raúl, min. 71), Carlos Blanco, Javier García, Juanan (Miranda, min. 63), Imanol García, Javier Antón, Mourad El Ghezouani and Dani Vega (José Antonio Abad, min. 84)

LEV I raised
Aitor, Óscar Duarte, Róber, Coke (Miramón, min. 66), Franquesa, Nikola Vukcevic (Gonzalo Melero, min. 55), Pepelu, Alejandro Cantero (Morales, min. 55), Alejandro Blesa (Enis Bardhi, min. 55), Soldado (Pablo Martínez, min. 100) and Dani Gómez (Roger, min. 80)

Goals 1-0 min. 4: Mourad El Ghezouani. 1-1 min. 22: Dani Gómez. 2-1 min. 43: Mourad El Ghezouani. 3-1 min. 54: Carlos Blanco. 3-2 min. 60: Soldier. 3-3 min. 67: Dani Gómez.

Yellow cards Primi (min. 18), Lillo (min. 48), Nikola Vukcevic (min. 52), Soldado (min. 96), Raúl (min. 98), Roger (min. 105) and José Antonio Abad (min. 116)
Red cards Ángel López (min. 82)

The first big surprise of the Cup came in Linares, where Alavés, two points behind the relegation zone in First, played with many substitutes, something that the Andalusian team took advantage of. Linares went ahead with a goal from Etxaniz, matched by another from Sylla. Copete, in minute 73, made it 2-1 to finalize the elimination of the Basques and cause a great party at the Linarejos stadium. The proper names of this Cup began. The first, that of Alberto González, a coach who already trained Jaén who eliminated Alavés himself in the Cup two editions ago.

Alcoyano continued to fuel its legend in the Cup by eliminating Levante, bottom of Primera, on penalties and after a hectic 3-3. And he did it playing with one less from minute 83 and with the other great protagonist of the night he copera in a star plan. This is the goal José Juan, 42, who stopped two penalties to Pepelu and Bardhi. After eliminating Madrid last year in extra time (2-1), Alcoyano continues to dream in the Cup.

A goal from central Sergi Gómez in the 87th minute gave an agonizing pass to Espanyol in Palencia (1-2). In the Nueva Ballastera, the locals scored first, then Wu Lei drew and the Catalan defender avoided extra time against a team from the Second Federation.

The day raised the curtain with Andorra-Celta, with another hurried victory by a Primera, by 1-2. Celta had to wait for the 118th minute, in extra time, when a shot from Santi Mina avoided the surprise in Andorra. In other outstanding duels, Girona prevailed in Huesca (0-1); Zaragoza beat Burgos (2-0); and Málaga fell to Rayo Majadahonda (1-0).

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