Soccer

Atletico Madrid beats Espanyol in Copa del Rey

Simao Sabrosa's first-half penalty on Wednesday gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Espanyol in the round of 16 in the Copa del Rey.

Simao Sabrosa's first-half penalty on Wednesday gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Espanyol in the round of 16 in the Copa del Rey.

Simao scored from the spot in the 33rd minute, and Atletico goalkeeper David de Gea later made a pair of excellent saves to protect the first-leg win.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has recently said Simao will soon be transferred to Besiktas in Turkey.

Koffi Romaric scored twice in Sevilla's 5-3 win over Malaga, Jose Ulloa hit a hat trick to give Almeria a 4-3 win over Mallorca, and Getafe beat second-division team Real Betis 2-1.

Later, Real Madrid plays Levante.

The second legs will be played on Jan. 4 and 5.

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