Real Madrid crash out of Copa del Rey on away goals to Leganes
Real Madrid 1 - 2 Leganes

Real Madrid crash out of Copa del Rey on away goals to Leganes

24/01/2018

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.

After winning the opening leg 1-0, Zinedine Zidane rested Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for the second leg of the quarterfinal, and the pressure on the Madrid boss will only escalate after Los Blancos failed to reach the cup semifinals for a fourth straight year.

Leganes, playing in the quarterfinals for the first time in their 89-year history, had a bright start as Claudio Beauvue struck the outside of the post from a free kick, and the visitors took the lead on the night in the 32nd minute.

Achraf's pass at the back put Nacho under pressure, and Javier Eraso pounced on the loose ball for Leganes and sent a strike into the top corner from 25 yards, out of the reach of goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

But Madrid struck back within two minutes of the second half, as Benzema ran onto Lucas Vazquez's through pass and slotted home from a tight angle.

However, the visitors were not daunted and nine minutes later took the lead in the tie on away goals when Gabriel slammed a header home following a corner.

Madrid pushed for the goal that would swing the tie, and Benzema lashed a first-time shot directly at the goalkeeper, and moments later Borja Mayoral's header curled just wide.

But a winner would not come, and the Bernabeu crowd loudly jeered Madrid as they walked off the pitch.

The defeat was Real's sixth in 36 games in all competitions, surpassing the five losses they suffered in 60 matches all of last season.

Real Madrid join Atletico Madrid in exiting the Copa in the quarterfinals after the Rojiblancos fell to Sevilla on Tuesday.

In the semifinals, Leganes and Sevilla will be joined by Valencia -- who beat Alaves on penalties earlier on Wednesday -- and the winners of Thursday's second leg between Barcelona and Espanyol.

Espanyol go to the Camp Nou with a 1-0 lead from the opening leg. The last time Real Madrid and Barcelona both failed to reach the Copa semifinals was in the 2009-10 edition.

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