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La liga giants, Real Madrid suffer embarassing Copa del Rey exit

La liga giants, Real Madrid suffer embarassing Copa del Rey exit

Zinedine Zidane made wholesale changes with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Isco, Marco Asensio and Mateo Kovacic returning to the starting line-up and Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale among those rested.

Real Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey in the quarterfinals on away goals on Wednesday after local rivals Leganes secured a 2-1 win in the second leg at the Bernabeu.

Javier Eraso's goal just after the half-hour mark put the home side on notice, as Madrid failed to register a shot on target in the first half for just the second time this season.

"I am responsible for this, I'm the coach", Zidane said.

"We must give more, me first, as all that we have given so far is not enough, we must give more, train harder, help each other more, and we will try and do that".

Asier Garitano's men caused Madrid plenty of problems in the opening leg and they nearly scored in the fifth minute here, Claudio Beauvue's free-kick clipping the outside of the post. I pick the team - and in the end I was wrong about many things.

Dani Carvajal and Luka Modric both came off the Real Madrid bench with little over 20 minutes remaining, but it was still Leganes having the better chances, with Eraso seeing his goal-bound effort blocked by Theo Hernandez.




With the La Liga out of reach this season, Madrid, 4th on the table and trailing Barcelona with 19 points, are now left with the Champions League to redeem themselves in a season that appeared to have been a disgusting one.

"For a player, it's fundamental to have nothing holding you back in training".

They joined Valencia, who defeated last season's finalists Alaves on penalties earlier on Wednesday, and Sevilla, who knocked out Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, in the draw for the last four.

And, with Real unable to find another way through their rigid defence, Leganes record a stunning victory courtesy of the away-goals rule.

The 14 shirt was also worn by the club's Dutch legend Johan Cruyff who died in 2016.

Espanyol go to the Camp Nou with a 1-0 lead from the opening leg.

Club captain Andres Iniesta and striker Paco Alcacer were also included in the 19-man squad for Thursday's game as was Colombian defender Yerry Mina, another transfer window recruit.


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