MADRID — A second-half burst of goals saw Villarreal rally from a two-goal deficit Thursday for a 4-2 win over Valencia that put it into the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey.
Marco Ruben's 63rd-minute strike ensured Villarreal advanced after a scoreless first leg. Ruben tapped into an open goal after Cani's one-two with Giuseppe Rossi put him clear into the area to find Ruben alone in the center.
Valencia dominated the first half and Ever Banega put the visitors ahead at El Madrigal stadium after five minutes when goalkeeper Juan Carlos Sanchez spilled the Argentine's long-distance shot.
Roberto Soldado controlled Maduro Hedwiges' long ball in the 23rd to tap past Sanchez for Valencia's second away goal.
Needing to score at least three times, Villarreal started the rally right after the break as Santi Cazorla streaked into the area to convert Rossi's pass for the hosts' first in the 47th. Two minutes later, Rossi scored a penalty after Marius Stankevicius brought down Ruben.
While both clubs created chances in the regional derby, Villarreal controlled the tempo with Ruben scoring before Rossi scored his second during injury time with an individual effort.
Villarreal plays defending champion Sevilla in the last eight of the domestic cup competition while Atletico Madrid is all but certain to face city rival Real Madrid after a 2-1 aggregate win over Espanyol. Madrid takes an 8-0 lead into the second leg against Levante later on Thursday.
Atletico striker Sergio Aguero held off two defenders in the 25th minute to control Raul Garcia's pass and beat goalkeeper Cristian Alvarez with a rising shot. Luis Garcia made it 1-1 with a free kick in injury time.
Earlier, second-division leader Real Betis beat Getafe 3-1 to overcome a first-leg deficit and win 4-3 on aggregate to set up a match with Barcelona.
ROME — Leonardo made a dream debut as Inter Milan manager as fellow Brazilian Thiago Motta scored twice in a 3-1 win over Napoli on Thursday.
Leonardo replaced Rafa Benitez over the Italian league's holiday break and the victory was Inter's first in Serie A since November. Perhaps more importantly, Inter showed the same flare and goalscoring ability it had last season en route to a historic treble.
"I don't want to talk too much just because we won one game, but we beat a good team that was second in the standings," Leonardo said. "This squad is (in form). It didn't win by chance for the last five years. This squad has a soul and it had fun playing today."
Thiago Motta put Inter in front with a volley from the edge of the area three minutes in at the San Siro. After Michele Pazienza equalized for Napoli in the 25th, Esteban Cambiasso restored Inter's lead with a soaring header in the 37th and Thiago Motta added the third with a header in the 55th.
"The first goal was quite nice, but the most important thing was getting this victory and the enthusiasm that we showed — which was lacking for a while," Thiago Motta said. "Leo has definitely brought enthusiasm."
Inter remained in seventh place, 13 points behind leader and city rival AC Milan, which edged Cagliari 1-0 earlier with an 85th-minute goal from Rodney Strasser.
However, Inter has two games to make up that it missed while winning the Club World Cup last month.
Newly signed Antonio Cassano made an immediate impact for Milan, setting up Strasser's goal in his first action since October, when he allegedly insulted Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone with a profanity-laced tirade, prompting his transfer to Milan.
Ten minutes after going on, the Italy striker took a backheel pass from Robinho and slipped the ball through two defenders toward Strasser, who appeared slightly offside but managed to score without much protest from Cagliari.
According to Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri, Cassano is still far from his top form.
"You can see that just by looking at him. But that's normal after not training for two months," Alllegri said. "He's only been training with us for a week. It's important that he continues dedicating himself each week."
It was the first Serie A goal for the 20-year-old Strasser, a midfielder from Sierra Leone.
"This is just fine, getting a victory after suffering so much today, especially with a goal from a kid that comes from our youth program," Allegri said.
Earlier, Juventus lost one key player to injury and another to a red card in a 4-1 loss to Parma.
Also, Lazio was held to 0-0 at Genoa, with Hernanes hitting the post for the Roman club; and AS Roma rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Catania 4-2 with two late strikes from Mirko Vucinic.
Milan leads with 39 points, five more than Lazio. Napoli is third with 33 points, followed by Roma with 32 and Juventus with 31.
Also, it was: Bologna 1, Fiorentina 1; Brescia 1, Cesena 2; Lecce 0, Bari 1; Palermo 3, Sampdoria 0; and Udinese 2, Chievo Verona 0.