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Second string Real struggle into Copa del Rey quarter-finals

AFP  |  Madrid 

Real fielded an almost unrecognisable team and struggled into the quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw against second division Numancia. Already 3-0 ahead from the first leg, Zinedine Zidane could afford to rest his superstars with one eye on La Liga, where they are 16 points behind Barcelona, and the last 16 with a clash against Paris Saint- Germain next month. However, they were far from convincing at the Bernabeu. scored both of Real's goals on Wednesday after the 11th and 59th minutes. But on both occasions, their modest visitors fought back thanks to a brace from Guillermo on the of half-time and then after 82 minutes. Numancia ended the game with 10 men after Dani Calvo was red-carded in the dying moments.

Leganes, a modest club from the suburbs, reached the quarter-finals of the for the first time in their 89-year existence. Despite losing 2-1 at Villarreal, who are currently sixth in La Liga, Leganes progressed on away goals having won the first leg 1-0. Moroccan international scored the crucial away goal for mid-table Leganes on the half-hour mark. In the night's other early second leg tie, last season's runners-up Alaves downed third division Formentera 2-0 for a 5-1 aggregate win. On Thursday, three-time defending champions host Celta Vigo with the two sides locked at 1-1.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 10:00 IST
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