AC Milan reaches Italian Cup quarterfinals
MILAN -- AC Milan beat second-division Reggina 3-0 Thursday night to set up a showdown with Serie A leader Juventus in the Italian Cup quarterfinals.
Colombian defender Mario Yepes put Milan ahead in the 51st minute on a snowy night at San Siro, 17-year-old French forward M'Baye Niang doubled the lead in the 79th and Giampaolo Pazzini added a goal in the 81st.
Juventus beat Cagliari 1-0 Wednesday.
Yepes scored with a header following a cross from Urby Emanuelsson before Niang slotted a shot past the goalkeeper to finish off a counterattack for his first goal since transferring from Caen. Pazzini's goal counted even though replays showed he was offside.
Milan's leading scorer Stephen El Shaarawy never left the bench.
Milan is seventh in Serie A, 14 points behind Juventus.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Carlos Aranda scored in stoppage time to give Real Zaragoza a 1-0 win at Levante in the first leg of their Copa del Rey fifth-round matchup.
After failing to threaten Levante's goal through 91 minutes, Aranda collected Leo Franco's long goal kick and lifted a delicate chip over goalkeeper Kaylor Navasy. Aranda played for Levante last season.
The second leg of the total-goals series will be played in Zaragoza on Jan. 9. Zaragoza hosts Levante in the league on Sunday.
Both goalkeepers made several saves to keep the match in the Canary Islands scoreless through 67 minutes when second-half substitute Ruben Castro put the visitors ahead with a curling volley in the 67th minute, and Macauley Chrisantus tied it for the hosts in the 84th by pushing in a short cross from Thievy Bifouma.
The second leg in Seville will be played on Jan. 10.
PARIS -- Fourth-place Saint-Etienne tied 0-0 at Bordeaux and is five points behind third-place Marseille in the French league.
Looking to bounce back from a 1-0 home loss to bitter rival Lyon last weekend, Saint-Etienne almost took the lead in the second minute when winger Romain Hamouma burst into the penalty area and hit a low shot which drew a save from goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso.
The lively Hamouma then set up top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 14th but he shot wide from a good position, and Carrasso was saved by his crossbar in the 33rd when defender Faouzi Ghoulam tried from 25 yards.
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