Photo: Real Madrid vs Valencia (Real Madrid)
Having won the first leg at home by a score of 2-0, Real Madrid came into the match here with an advantage, but had to battle for a 1-1 draw with a Valencia squad still smarting after the Blancos routed them 5-0 last Sunday in league play.
Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde shook up his starting roster and fielded a side that was both better on defense and capable of largely dominating in the first half.
Even so, they couldn’t put the ball past Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan, who replaced the injured Iker Casillas at the 16-minute mark.
The two teams traded offensive forays until the 44th minute, when Karim Benzema scored for Real Madrid.
Six minutes into the second half, Real Madrid’s Coentrao was expelled after receiving a second yellow card and Tino Costa knotted the score with a blast that caught Adan by surprise.
While Valencia made effective use of the one-man advantage, the Real Madrid defense was equal to the task, even when they found themselves down two players thanks to Angel Di Maria’s ejection in the 88th minute on a straight red card.
Sevilla thumped Zaragoza 4-0 in Wednesday’s other quarterfinal and will face Atletico Madrid or Real Betis in the semis.
This will be Sevilla’s six Copa del Rey semifinal appearance in the last 10 years.