Espanyol struck three goals in four minutes to snatch a dramatic
3-2 comeback win at home to third-tier Mirandes in a King's Cup
quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.
Competing in the last eight for the first time having disposed of
Villarreal and Racing Santander, Mirandes shocked the crowd at a chilly
Cornella stadium in Barcelona by opening a 2-0 lead thanks to Alain
Arroyo and captain Pablo Infante.
Espanyol, who have won the trophy four times but not since 2006,
looked well beaten ahead of next week's second leg until Vladimir Weiss
stole in to make it 2-1 five minutes from time.
Rui Fonte nodded the equaliser two minutes later and Joan Verdu
punished a defensive lapse to poke in the winner in the 89th to leave
the Mirandes players cursing and shaking their heads in disbelief and
the home fans in raptures.
The Segunda B leaders, based in the town of Miranda de Ebro in
northern Spain, have an annual budget of 1.23 million euros compared
with Espanyol's estimated 50 million.
Mirandes coach Carlos Pouso refused to criticise the referee despite
having what appeared to be a clear penalty turned down in the second
"Complaining about the referee is a very poor argument," he told a news conference. "If he didn't give a penalty it wasn't one."
The winners of the tie will play Athletic Bilbao or Real Mallorca in the semi-finals. The top-flight rivals meet at Bilbao's San Mames stadium on Wednesday.
Holders Real Madrid host arch rivals Barcelona, the team they beat 1-0 in last year's final, later on Wednesday and Levante visit city neighbours Valencia on Thursday.
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