Copa del Rey game abandoned

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Sevilla coach was knocked unconscious by a bottle hurled from the spectators, forcing his team's Copa del Rey quarterfinal at Real Betis to be abandoned.

updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Sevilla coach Juande Ramos was knocked unconscious by a bottle hurled from the spectators, forcing his team's Copa del Rey quarterfinal at crosstown rival Real Betis to be abandoned in the second half. Ramos was hit on the left of the head by the bottle, which contained liquid and ice, just after Sevilla went ahead in the 59th minute on a goal by Frederic Kanoute. He was carried off the field and later regained consciousness. The incident marred the second leg of the quarterfinals, which saw FC Barcelona, Getafe and Deportivo La Coruna advance. Barcelona squeezed through to the semifinals for the first time since 2001 by winning 2-1 at Zaragoza. The Catalan club advanced on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw. Getafe lost 1-0 at Osasuna but advanced 3-1 on aggregate to reach the semifinals for the first time. And Deportivo La Coruna drew 1-1 at second-division leader Valladolid to progress on a 5-2 aggregate. The 52-year-old Ramos stumbled before falling to the ground after being struck. Medical personnel carried him off on a stretcher and Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido told radio station Cadena SER that the manager recovered consciousness after "10-11 minutes." Ramos was taken to a hospital, where he will remain under observation for at least 12 hours. Some Betis fans reportedly threw stones at an ambulance, which entered the stadium for Ramos, resulting in riot police having to clear the area. Emergency meeting Spanish federation president Angel Maria Villar has called an emergency meeting for Thursday to discuss whether the game should be resumed at a future date, Del Nido said. Normally, abandoned Spanish games restart from the point when play stopped. However, reports said the match may not be restarted. In that case, Sevilla would advance to the semifinals of Spain's knockout competition 1-0 on aggregate. Elsewhere, Barcelona overcame a 1-0 deficit from the first leg to eliminate Zaragoza, a two-time champion and last year's losing finalist. Barca took an 18th-minute lead when midfielder Xavi Hernandez played a wall pass with Rafel Marquez before scoring from the edge of the area. Midfielder Andres Iniesta the visitors' advantage eight minutes later, pouncing after Zaragoza goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez had deflected the ball into his path. Zaragoza midfielder Andres D'Alessandro was ejected in the 67th minute for appearing to headbutt Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. Zaragoza defender Gerard Pique, on loan this season from Manchester United, reduced the deficit four minutes later, heading home from Pablo Aimar's floated free kick. Tempers flared at the final whistle when Barcelona goalkeeper Albert Jorquera appeared to taunt spectators, leading to a furious response by Zaragoza counterpart Cesar, who charged toward Jorquera. Players from each side pushed and shoved before Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard put his arm around Jorquera and escorted him from the field. In Osasuna, striker Bernardo Romeo had the lone goal in the 16th minute at Reyno de Navarra stadium as Osasuna attempted to overcome the 3-0 loss in the first leg. In Valladolid, Deportivo added to its 4-1 first-leg victory with a 33rd-minute strike by Luis Filipe. Deportivo lost defender Fabricio Coloccini as the first half expired after a flare-up between the players. Valladolid couldn't capitalize until the 85th minute when striker Vladimir Manchez scored, two minutes after teammate and fellow striker Victor Fernandez was sent off.