Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez teamed up again to send Barcelona to a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final after a combative 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw three players sent off.
Coach Luis Enrique gave Paco Alcacer another chance, and Barcelona's struggling striker came through with a goal.
Sydney FC remain unbeaten after 18 games in Australia's A-League but had their lead over title rivals Melbourne Victory cut to nine points over the weekend.
David Beckham on Saturday blasted reports that he used his children's charity work to boost his public image and chances of getting a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
Cameroon didn't need its big-name players to make the African Cup of Nations final.
Celta Vigo couldn't manage more than a scoreless home draw against surprising Alaves in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals on Thursday.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi did the damage again for Barcelona, scoring superb first-half goals as the defending champions won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday.
Manchester City's players looked like they could score at will in their latest big win over West Ham.
There was plenty of excitement in the French Cup on Wednesday, with holder Paris Saint-Germain romping into the last 16 after a 4-0 win at Rennes.
Francesco Totti converted a penalty deep into stoppage time to send Roma through to the Italian Cup semifinal against city rivals Lazio with a narrow 2-1 win over second-division Cesena on Wednesday.