- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

MADRID (AP) - Diego Godin scored on a header in the 41st minute, and defending champion Atletico Madrid beat visiting Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Thursday night in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal.

The second leg of the total-goals series is scheduled for Wednesday.

In other first legs, Barcelona won 4-1 at Levante, Real Madrid at Espanyol, and Real Sociedad 3-1 at home against third-tier Racing Santander.


MILAN, Italy (AP) - Fiorentina defeated second-division Siena 2-1 and will play Udinese in the Italian Cup semifinals.

Josip Ilicic put Fiorentina ahead in the 20th minute, Guillermo Giacomazzi tied the score in the 59th and Marvin Compper gave the hosts the lead for good with a header in the 75th.

Ilicic was taken off on a stretcher with about 10 minutes to go after hurting a shoulder. Fiorentina already is missing injured forwards Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi, and Alessandro Matri got hurt last weekend in his first match since Fiorentina acquired him on loan from AC Milan.

“If it continues like this, we’ll need a good luck charm to ward off the evil spirits,” Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said.

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