Barcelona beats Valencia to advance to Copa final


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Cesc Fabregas scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Valencia 2-0 on Wednesday to win on 3-1 aggregate and advance to the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao.

Lionel Messi lobbed a long pass for Fabregas to chase down and deftly chip over goalkeeper Diego Alves in the 15th minute for his 15th goal of the season.

Valencia's Sofiane Feghouli was ejected in the 76th minute, and five minutes later Fabregas set up Xavi Hernandez for his 10th goal.

Barcelona, which has won the Copa a record 25 times, meets Bilbao in the final at Madrid on May 25, Bilbao, which lost the 2009 final to the Catalans, has won it 24 times.


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- American forward Joe Gyau made his debut for Hoffenheim on Wednesday night in a 1-0 loss to second-division Greuther Fuerth in the quarterfinals of the German Cup.

The 19-year-old from Silver Spring, Md., entered in the 79th minute in place of American midfielder Fabian Johnson, joining fellow American Daniel Williams on the field for Hoffenheim. Gyau's father, Phillip, made six appearances for the U.S. team and his grandfather, Joseph, played for Ghana.

Olivier Occean scored in the 44th minute for Greuther Fuerth.

Bayern Munich reached the semifinals by winning 2-0 at Stuttgart on goals by Franck Ribery in the 30th minute and Mario Gomez in the 46th. Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated Hertha Berlin 2-0 in overtime on Filip Daems' penalty kick in the 101st and Oscar Wendt's goal in the 120th.

Borussia Dortmund won 4-0 at fourth-tier Holstein Kiel on Tuesday.


AMSTERDAM (AP) -- American forward Jozy Altidore scored AZ Alkmaar's final two goals in a 6-0 rout at ADO The Hague in the Dutch first division.

Altidore entered in the 76th minute, scored in the 85th off a through pass and in the 88th following a rebound, his first goals since Dec. 4. Altidore has seven league goals this season and 11 overall.

Charlison Benshop scored the first three goals for AZ.


MILAN (AP) -- Martin Caceres scored twice in his Juventus debut, giving the visitors a 2-1 win at AC Milan in the first leg of the Italian Cup semifinals.

Caceres gave Juventus the lead in the 53rd minute with a tap in, but Stephan El Shaarawy tied it in the 62nd. Caceras got the go-ahead goal in the total-goals series in the 83rd.

The second leg will be at Turin on March 20 or 21.

In Serie A, Catania held Roma to a 1-1 draw as the teams played the remaining 25 minutes of a game suspended last month.