Bayern, Dortmund advance
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are both through to the last eight of the German Cup, but only after scraping past lower-league opposition on Tuesday. Bayern needed an injury-time strike from Dutch winger Arjen Robben to win 2-1 at second-division VfL Bochum, while champions Dortmund won 5-4 on penalties at Fortuna Duesseldorf, also of the second tier. Nuremberg slid out to second-tier Greuther Fuerth, going down 1-0.
Madrid thrash Ponferradina
Real Madrid brought the curtain down on the year by hammering lowly Ponferradina 5-1 at the Bernabeu on Tuesday to ease into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. Already two goals up from the first leg, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho sent out a largely second-string side that added further goals from Jose Callejon and Nuri Sahin in the opening period. For Turkey midfielder Sahin it was a first goal since moving to Madrid from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Elsewhere on Tuesday, RCD Espanyol completed a 4-2 aggregate victory against second-tier Celta Vigo, while RCD Mallorca overturned a first-leg deficit to beat Primera Liga rivals Sporting de Gijon 2-1 on aggregate. Last year’s Cup winners Sevilla beat third-division San Roque 2-1, thanks to a double from Fredi Kanoute, to go through 3-1 on aggregate.
Beckham rumor denied
A report that David Beckham had agreed to sign for French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain is not true, a spokesperson for the star told reporters on Tuesday. The 36-year-old Beckham’s contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy expires at the end of the month. Yesterday’s edition of Le Parisien has on its front page a story claiming Beckham was signing an 18-month contract and would be paid 800,000 euros (US$1 million) a month. However, a spokesperson for Beckham categorically denied a deal had been done. “No agreement with any football club has been reached ... David is presently considering his options,” the spokesperson said. Another source close to Beckham said it was by no means certain he would opt for PSG as he could remain with LA Galaxy, with whom he won the MLS crown last season.
Diego Simeone resigns
Former Argentina midfielder Diego Simeone has resigned as coach of Racing Club, increasing the speculation linking him to Atletico Madrid. Simeone, who played more than 100 internationals for Argentina, took Racing Club to second place behind Boca Juniors in the past Apertura tournament. Racing vice president Rodolfo Molina confirmed on Tuesday in an interview with Argentine radio station La Red that Simeone had stepped down. Simeone has been touted as a possible successor to Gregorio Manzano at Atletico, one of his former clubs. Manzano is under pressure after a string of bad results.
S Korea name new boss
Choi Kang-hee, coach of K-League champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, was yesterday named the new boss of the South Korean national team. The Korea Football Association said Choi would replace Cho Kwang-rae, sacked two weeks ago after a shock defeat to Lebanon left the 2002 semi-finalists at risk of missing out on the 2014 World Cup. Choi, 52, twice guided Jeonbuk to the K-League title, in 2009 and this year, with the club also winning the 2006 AFC Champions League and finishing runners-up this year.
More bodies found in sea