Super Leganes send Real crashing out – Copa del Rey Round UpJanuary 24, 2018
Leganes made it to their first ever Copa del Rey semi final as they stunned Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Marco Asensio’s late goal in the first leg had given Los Blancos the advantage heading into the second leg across the city with Real widely tipped to complete the job at home.
However it was the visitors who stunned the home fans by taking the lead towards the end of the first half. Achraf Hakimi’s ball into Nacho Fernandez was poor causing the centre back to slip and allowing Javeir Eraso onto the ball with space to run into but instead the midfielder took aim from 25 yards bending a fantastic effort into the top left corner of Kiko Casilla’s goal.
Real needed a strong start to the second half and got just that within two minutes of the restart. Karim Benzema collected the ball on the right edge of the box and dinked the ball beautifully over Nereo Champagne into the corner.
Lega however weren’t awed and took just eight minutes to move back in front when Gabriel Pires bulleted home a header from a corner into the roof of the net.
Champagne denied Benzema from point blank range followed by another world class save to tip a Sergio Ramos header over the bar as Real threw everything at Los Pepineros in search of an equaliser to send them through but in the end the shock of the round was complete as Leganes’ dream run in the tournament continued.
Real Madrid: Casilla; Achraf (Carvajal, 68), Nacho, Ramos, Theo; Kovacic, Llorente (Modric, 69), Isco (Mayoral, 77); Vazquez, Benzema, Asensio
Leganes: Champagne; Tito, Bustinza, Siovas (Mantovani, 58), Rico; Brasanac, Gabriel; El Zhar (Naranjo, 80), Eraso, Amrabat (Garcia, 70); Beauvue
Valencia needed penalties to overcome Alaves after an action packed encounter at the Mendizorrotza.
The first half was a slow burner but the game boiled up and burst into action as the second half progressed. Geoffrey Kondogbia saw his shot hit the bar for Los Che and that came back to bite the visitors as Alaves took the lead.
Rodrigo Ely’s fantastic cross from deep found the head of Munir who directed the ball into the back of the net with his first touch having only been on the pitch for just over a minute.
Incredibly, just five minutes later Santi Mina came on for Valencia and the forward also managed to find the net within 60 seconds as he raced onto Simone Zaza’s pass and slotted past Antonio Sivera to level the game up once more.
However with just four minutes to go Ruben Sobrino forced the game into extra time with a finish from close range. Munir’s free kick bounced off Ruben Vezo to the unmarked Sobrino to fire into the roof of the net.
Nothing gave in extra time meaning the game went to the dreaded penalty shootout.
Tomas Pina and Rodrigo both scored to keep it level after one penalty apiece before Alfonso Pedraza became the first to miss as Jaume kept his spot kick out.
Santi Mina scored before Hernan Perez was also kept out with Kondogbia stepping up with the chance to all but secure Valencia’s spot in the last four but Sivera kept his kick out.
Munir scored to make it 2-2 before Gaya put the visitors back in front leaving Ruben Sobrino to step up but the hero of normal time struck his penalty high over the bar to see Valencia into the semi final.
Alaves: Sivera; Aguirregabiria, Ely (Demirovic, 85), LaGuardia, Duarte; Gomez (Munir, 72), Pina, Torres, Pedraza; Sobrino, Guidetti (Perez, 72)
Valencia: Jaume; Montoya, Gabriel (Garay, 23), Vezo, Gaya; Maksimovic (Mina, 77), Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes; Vietto (Rodrigo, 59), Zaza