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Madrid set unbeaten record in Cup thriller

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017 By Warwick Barr

Karim Benzema's stoppage-time strike helped Real Madrid set a new Spanish record of 40 games unbeaten in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Sevilla that saw Los Blancos reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Madrid's 3-0 lead from the first leg was enough to see them progress but for large periods of Thursday's game it seemed like their streak was doomed to end at 39, matching Barcelona's record.

Danilo's 10th minute own goal set up a thrilling game, with Marco Asensio scoring a sensational solo goal to equalize for Madrid, before new loan signing Stevan Jovetic sent the hosts ahead again.

Vicente Iborra's 77th minute goal, prodded home from close range, gave Sevilla belief they could win the tie but Sergio Ramos executed a Panenka penalty to quell any hopes of a comeback and then Benzema netted in stoppage time to become the hero.

Madrid is trying to win its first Copa del Rey since 2014.

Elsewhere Eibar progressed after drawing 0-0 with Osasuna and Celta Vigo beat Valencia 2-1 to reach Friday's draw along with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Sociedad, Alcorcon and Alaves.

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