ANDY SCHREUR - Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Oguchi Onyewu played the full 90 minutes as Málaga beat upstart Eibar on Tuesday to book their place in the final eight of the Copa del Rey.
Málaga held a slight advantage going into the second leg thanks to a 1-1 draw secured by an Onyewu header back in December and were nearly taken to the brink by the third division club.
Eibar started off the game with a surprising flourish and caught the Anchovies on the counterattack. Keeper Carlos Kameni made a save on a long shot but the rebound was tapped past him by Rubén Arroyo and suddenly Eibar had the upper hand.
The game lacked chances until Málaga finally opened up Eibar's defense.
In the 74th minute, Argentine Diego Buonanotte scored after some quick passing opened up space in the middle of the box and he slotted home the finish.
Just three minutes later, the hosts sealed the match and the series when more poor marking in the box left Bruno Fernández was left alone and deflected the low cross past Xabi Irureta.
Franscisco Portillo scored next on a header in the 83rd minute when he rose to beat two ball watching Eibar defenders and the rout was on.
Eibar sub Guille Roldán was then sent off on a straight red card in the 86th minute after only 11 minutes on the field. Buonanotte added his second in the 91st minute on a swerving shot from 20 yards giving the hosts the final 4-1 win and a total 5-2 aggregate victory over two legs.
The Copa del Rey schedule will be determined after the entire round is completed. Up next for Málaga is a home date with league leading Barcelona on Sunday.