Spanish Papers: Leganes heralded across Spain after beating Real MadridJanuary 25, 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.