Villarreal knock Sociedad out of Copa, Moyes sent off

By Joseph Wilson ,AP

BARCELONA, Spain — David Moyes was sent off late in Real Sociedad’s 2-2 draw with Villarreal on Wednesday as his side bowed out of the Copa del Rey’s last 16.

The former Manchester United manager was dismissed for protesting about a refereeing decision. He then climbed over a barrier to take a seat in the stands, where he accepted and ate a ��cheeto�� cheese crisp offered by a little girl, as his team failed to beat Villarreal for the third time since his arrival in November.

Villarreal extended its unbeaten run to 14 straight games as it advanced 3-2 on aggregate to the quarterfinals, where it will face Getafe next after its 1-0 win at Almeria sealed a 2-1 win over the two legs.

Sevilla had no trouble routing Granada 4-0 to reach the last eight with a 6-1 scoreline over both legs, earning a meeting with Espanyol.

Athletic Bilbao stumbled on after losing 2-0 at home to Celta Vigo, progressing on away goals, 4-4 on aggregate, amid boos from its own fans. Bilbao will play Malaga next.

Giovani Dos Santos set up Gerard Moreno to curl in Villarreal’s opener in the 27th minute before Carlos Vela’s equalizer seconds before halftime made it 1-1.

Dos Santos restored the visitors’ lead in the 73rd minute following a throw-in. The Mexican striker beat two defenders to the ball before putting a shot past goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli from inside the area.

Esteban Granero combined with Vela to level again in the 75th, but Sociedad couldn’t muster a final push even with Villarreal down to 10 men from the 83rd when Mateo Musacchio got his second booking.

Sevilla thrashed a struggling Granada side which has slipped to the bottom of the Spanish league, with forward Kevin Gameiro scoring twice and the other goals coming from Iago Aspas and Denis Suarez.

Celta almost pulled off a comeback, but was left one goal short after Bilbao’s Xabier Etxeita scored an own goal in the 50th minute and Fabian Orellana converted a penalty in the 61st following Mikel Rico’s foul on Charles in the area.

Bilbao has lost four of its last five games, including a humbling 2-1 loss at San Mames to lowly Elche on Saturday.

Getafe sealed its place in the last eight when Alvarez Vazquez scored from a rebound in the 76th.

Cup holder Real Madrid visits Atletico Madrid on Thursday needing to overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss. Barcelona will probably await the winner as it holds a commanding 5-0 lead over Elche before their away leg.