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Valencia avoids upset, reaches Copa del Rey quarterfinals

MADRID (AP) Valencia avoided being upset in the Copa del Rey with a 3-0 win over second-division club Sporting Gijon on Tuesday, advancing to the quarterfinals 4-2 on aggregate and easing some of the pressure on embattled coach Marcelino.

Valencia hadn't won in three matches this year and calls for Marcelino's firing had grown louder in recent days, but the comfortable victory at Mestalla Stadium should give the coach some breathing room.

Valencia needed a victory after losing 2-1 in Gijon last week. It pressed forward from the start but wasn't able to open the scoring until the second half through Santi Mina with a 65th-minute header. About 10 minutes later, Mina increased the lead with a nice finish from inside the area. Sporting Gijon was one goal away from sending the match into extra time but Ferran Torres sealed the victory for Valencia on a 90th-minute counterattack.

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