Stunning return by Leicester City
Leicester City scored two stunning goals in extra time through Wilfred Ndidi and Demarai Gray to reach the FA Cup fifth round with a 3-1 win over second tier Derby County in a replay on Wednesday.
London: Leicester City scored two stunning goals in extra time through Wilfred Ndidi and Demarai Gray to reach the FA Cup fifth round with a 3-1 win over second tier Derby County in a replay on Wednesday. The victory came as a minor relief for champions Leicester who are one point above the Premier League relegation zone after failing to win a league game this year.
Ndidi, a January signing from Racing Genk, put Leicester 2-1 ahead with a bullet finish and Gray slalomed through the Derby defence to rubber-stamp Leicester's progress. Leicester had taken the lead a minute after halftime when Andy King headed home from close range, but Derby clawed their way back when Abdoul Camara's free kick took a wicked deflection on its way into the net.
Leicester, who along with Derby fielded a largely second-string side, visit third-tier Millwall in the last 16 on February 18. Alaves on track Alaves reached the King's Cup final for the first time in their 96-year history as Edgar Mendez's 83rd-minute strike saw off Celta Vigo 1-0 in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday to take the Basque side through 1-0 on aggregate.
Mauricio Pellegrino's side will play 28-time Spanish Cup winners Barcelona in the May final after Luis Enrique's side beat Atletico Madrid 3-2 on aggregate on Tuesday. Celta looked imressive when had conquered Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. However, they never really got going at Mendizorrotza Stadium that was rocking for Alaves's biggest game since their 4-5 loss to Liverpool in the 2001 UEFA Cup final.
Dortmand win Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin 3-2 on penalties to reach the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday after the match finished 1-1 after extra time. Dortmund were reduced to 10 men late in extra time after Sokratis Papastathopoulos was sent off for dissent;
They were better from the penalty spot as three Hertha players failed to score.
Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Hertha's Vedad Ibisevic both had golden chances in the first half, before Salomon Kalou volleyed Hertha ahead in the 27th minute. Meanwhile, Juventus extended their advantage at the top of Serie A to seven points after goals from Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain secured a 2-0 win at struggling Crotone on Wednesday.