Jan 28, 2016 at 8pm UK at ​Gran Canaria
Las PalmasLas Palmas

Viera (40'), Mesa (44'), Culio (45'), Artiles (53')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Rodrigo (20')
Piatti (34'), Barragan (39'), Gomes (71'), Rodrigo (87'), Mustafi (89')

Result: Gary Neville leads Valencia into Copa del Rey semi-finals

New Valencia head coach Gary Neville during a training session on December 7, 2015
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Valencia book their spot in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey following a 1-0 win over Las Palmas in the second leg of their quarter-final in Gran Canaria.

Valencia have booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey courtesy of a 1-0 win at Las Palmas in the second leg of their quarter-final in Gran Canaria on Thursday evening.

The tie was delicately poised entering the second leg following a 1-1 draw in the reverse at the Mestalla last week. Gary Neville's side stepped aside from their league troubles, however, to advance courtesy of a first-half effort from Rodrigo.

Neither side created a chance of note inside the opening 10 minutes, but it was Valencia that looked most likely to make something happen in the final third of the field.

Indeed, Alvaro Negredo had a super chance to send the visitors ahead in the 12th minute after meeting a cross from Jose Gaya, but the Spaniard could only fire wide of the post from inside the box.

Down the other end, Willian Jose's pace saw the Las Palmas striker face up to Mathew Ryan inside the Valencia box, but the Los Che goalkeeper did enough to force the Brazilian away from the goal, before Ryan kept out a powerful free kick from the same player moments later.

It was Valencia that took the lead on the night and indeed in the tie, however, with Rodrigo converting a low cross from Antonio Barragan in the centre of the Las Palmas box.

Momo came close to levelling the scores in the 25th minute when he showed excellent feet outside the Valencia box, but the No.11's final strike was just deflected wide of the post. Momo then turned provider for Las Palmas skipper David Garcia 10 minutes before the break, but the central defender headed over from inside the penalty area.

Valencia came close to scoring their second in the final moments of the first period, but Dani Parejo's rasping free kick was just pushed over the crossbar by Raul Lizoain, before Shkodran Mustafi headed the resulting corner wide of the goal.

Valencia's Britihs coach Gary Neville gestures from the sideline during the UEFA Champions League football match Valencia CF vs Olympique Lyonnais at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on December 9, 2015.© Getty Images

Willian Jose tested Ryan with a strike from distance early in the second period, but the Australian international once again got down to make the stop, before keeping out Momo from a similar distance.

Negredo remained Valencia's biggest threat, meanwhile, and the Spaniard forced Lizoain into a smart stop after meeting a cross from Gaya. Rodrigo then had a golden chance to make it 2-0 to the visitors just before the hour - the attacker lifted his effort over Lizoain, but also over the crossbar.

Down the other end, Momo had an even better chance, but the attacker found Ryan in sensational form once again.

Las Palmas were the team firmly in the ascendancy as the match approached its latter stages and Valencia did not help themselves with some sloppy work in possession of the ball. Aythami Artiles had an outstanding opportunity to level for the home side in the first minute of stoppage time, but the centre-back somehow headed wide of the post from close range.

Los Che continued to face pressure as Las Palmas looked for the goal that would have forced extra-time, but Neville's side managed to hold out - booking their spot in the final four of the Spanish Cup alongside the holders Barcelona, Celta Vigo and Sevilla.

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and UD Las Palmas at Camp Nou on September 26, 2015
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