Real Madrid’s stuttering marketing campaign this season continued as they have been knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes, who’re 13th within the La Liga.
Madrid had taken the primary leg of the quarter remaining 1-Zero final week at Leganes, however again in Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, a ahead line that included Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Isco discovered the Leganes group too troublesome to deal with.
Leganes’ Javier Eraso scored first within the 31st minute to erase Madrid’s benefit from the primary leg.
Two minutes after the resumption of play, Benzema re-established Madrid’s benefit. But that quickly went up in smoke within the 55th minute when Gabriel scored for Leganes, making the combination rating 2-2.
With Madrid unable to attain, regardless of having 55 per cent possession, Leganes received the match primarily based on the away objectives rule.
With the La Liga out of attain this season, Madrid, 4th on the desk and trailing Barcelona with 19 factors, are actually left with the Champions League to redeem themselves in a season that appeared to have been a horrible one.
Leganes, who demolished the giants Madrid have been till 2013 in Spanish Segunda División B. In 2014, they have been Promoted to La Liga 2. And in 2016, they earned one other promotion to La Liga, for the primary time of their historical past.
They have now reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals, whereas Madrid are out.
Coach Zinedine Zidane described the loss as a giant blow, robust to take.
“I’m angry and I can’t understand it. Now we have to work out how to pick things up again”, he stated after the match.
“We know in a knock-out tie it’s a case of playing two games. We did what was asked of us in the first, but we can’t start a game like we did today. I’m in charge of this team and I got several things wrong. We’ll have to analyse it. We’ll have to wake up tomorrow and turn our attentions to the next game because there’s nothing else we can do. Nobody expected this, but that’s football”.
“I’m not angry with my players, I’m angry with myself. They give it their all, run hard… I am responsible. They have to accept a degree of the responsibility because they’re the ones out on the pitch. We’re all to blame, but I’m the one who’s responsible”.