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Jonas gives Valencia upper hand over Sevilla in Cup

Madrid: Valencia carved out a slim advantage over their La Liga rivals Sevilla when Jonas scored to give the 2008 winners a 1-0 victory in their King`s Cup last-16 first leg.

The Brazilian forward`s first-half strike leaves the tie finely balanced ahead of next week`s second leg in Seville and the winners will play Levante or second-division Alcorcon in the quarter-finals.

Alcorcon, who eliminated Real Zaragoza in the last round, snatched a 2-1 win at home to Valencia-based Levante on Tuesday.

Holders Real Madrid and last year`s runners-up Barcelona are on course to meet in the last eight after the great rivals both won their first legs this week.

Real came from two goals down to beat Malaga 3-2 on Tuesday and Barca thrashed Osasuna 4-0 on Wednesday.

On the other side of the draw, second-division Cordoba claimed a 2-1 comeback win over top-flight side Espanyol earlier on Thursday.

Third-tier Mirandes opened a 2-0 lead over visiting Racing Santander on Tuesday, while another Segunda B side, Albacete, drew 0-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao.

Real Sociedad, Cup winners in 1987, beat 2003 champions Real Mallorca 2-0 on Wednesday.

Bureau Report

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