Las Palmas and Almeria advance past lower-division clubs in Copa del Rey

MADRID (AP) — Topflight clubs Las Palmas and Almeria advanced past lower-division teams in the first round of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.

Almeria picked up its first win of the season by defeating third-division club Talavera 2-0, while Las Palmas scored three times after the 68th minute in a 3-0 victory against fifth-division club Manacor.

Almeria is the only team yet to win in the Spanish league after 11 matches this season.

Three second-division clubs also advanced. Espanyol defeated fourth-division club Mensajero 2-0; Levante eliminated fifth-division side Varea 3-0; and Eibar beat fifth-tier team Lorca Deportiva 4-0.

The first round is played in single elimination games hosted by the lower-division teams.


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