I played 2 cup matches tonight.
With Lazio(4th in league) against Roma(9th) and I lose 0-1.
With Villareal(1st in league) against Valencia(5th) and lose this one after penalties (0-0).
In both cases I immediately play an exhibition match against the same opponents and now I win with 1-0(Lazio) and 3-0(Villareal).
Just cause they need to end 1st, does not give them the right to win cup matches automaticaly when they would have lost a league match or exhibition match with the same setup.
That's what I think at least.