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Atletico defeats Gimnastic Tarragona

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL Atletico Madrid's eventual goal infuriated Tarragona coach Luis Cesar Sampedro, who received a red card for protesting that the referee's call


Atletico Madrid's Ballesta, right, vies with Gimnastic de Tarragona's Abel during a King's Cup match in Tarragona on Thursday. Atletico won the match 1-0.


Defender Jose Antonio Garcia Calvo scored in extra time for Atletico Madrid to beat Gimnastic Tarragona 1-0 in the second round of the Copa del Rey on Thursday.

Garcia Calvo's strike advanced Atletico into the last 16 of Spain's knockout competition and improved its chances of winning the trophy for the first time in a decade.

Tarragona, which eliminated holder Zaragoza in the first round, dominated a lackluster Atletico, which was without injured Spain striker Fernando Torres, its leading scorer.

However, Garcia Calvo ended the deadlock with a fierce long shot from substitute Jorge Larena's pass just before the end of the first half of the extra period.

Atletico's goal infuriated Tarragona coach Luis Cesar Sampedro, who received a red card for protesting that the referee's whistle should have already blown to end the half.

Atletico joined seven more top-flight teams which advanced to the third round -- Real Madrid, Real Betis, Sevilla, Getafe, Osasuna, Athletic Bilbao and Numancia.

Four third division teams went through -- Gramenet, Mirandes, Lorca and Lanzarote -- while Elche, Valladolid, Recreativo Huelva and Lleida reached the next stage from the second division.

Deportivo La Coruna, which lost 1-0 at Elche, was one of seven first division casualties on Wednesday. The others were Levante, Real Sociedad, Malaga, Mallorca, Racing Santander and Albacete.

The format of the early rounds of the competition gives lower-league teams home advantage. The next round will have two legs, to be played on Jan. 12 and 19.

Messina and Palermo played to a lackluster 0-0 draw Thursday in the first Serie A derby between the Sicilian clubs since the World War II.

The result, before a capacity crowd of 35,000, gave Messina a share of fourth place with Lecce and Chievo with 16 points, while Palermo remained in 16th with 12 points.

Juventus, which downed Fiorentina in Wednesday's 11th round of the Italian first division, leads the standings with 28 points, six more than defending champion AC Milan which was held to a 0-0 draw by lowly Brescia.

The Sicilian teams, both Serie A newcomers, did not produce a single scoring chance during the first half at San Filippo stadium but had a spirited finish.

Palermo striker Luca Toni, fed by Argentine teammate Ernesto Antonio Farias, struck the post in the 74th minute.

Messina's Japanese forward Atsushi Yanagisawa hit the crossbar with a powerful header nine minutes later.

Yanagisawa, a second-half substitute, sparked Messina's offense in the closing minutes but not enough to beat Palermo's defense.

Palermo stretched its winless streak to six matches while Messina's record improved to 4-4-3.

In Sunday's next round Juventus is at Lecce, AC Milan takes on Siena at San Siro and unbeaten Inter Milan, seeking a victory after five consecutive draws, travels to Cagliari.

Substitute midfielder Thorstein Helstad scored his second goal in the 90th minute, giving Norway's Rosenborg a 4-4 draw with Djurgarden of Sweden and avoiding a stunning home loss in a in their Royal League opener Thursday.

In the other Group 1 game, Steffen Iversen notched the only goal for Norway's Valerenga in a 1-0 away win over Denmark's Esbjerg.

In Group 2, Thomas Kahlenberg scored twice, including the winner in the 75th minute, to give Denmark's Brondby a 3-2 victory over Tromso of Norway while FC Copenhagen edged former two-time UEFA Cup champion IFK Goteborg of Sweden 1-0 on a second-half penalty-goal by Hjalte Norregaard.

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