Real Madrid will begin the second leg two goals to the good as penalties from Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez helped them to a win against Fuenlabrada in a match that saw both teams end the game with ten men.
Zinedine Zidane had made many changes to his team from last week’s win over Eibar and the youngsters struggled in the first half as Fuenlabrada gave their best.
They took the lead however on 63 minutes from the penalty spot, Asensio sending the keeper the wrong way after Fran Garcia was adjudged to have fouled Achraf Hakimi. Looking at the replays though and you could see that the foul had actually taken place outside the area.
Real were awarded a second penalty when Paco Candela brought Theo Hernandez to the ground and promptly received a second booking, but once again the decision looked soft. Up stepped Lucas Vazquez to sneak his penalty into the corner to make it 2-0.
The visitors also ended the game with ten men when Jesus Vallejo was shown a straight red for a high challenge on the Fuenla player.
Zidane was overall pleased with his youthful side, “I am happy, we have had patience, we have scored two goals and we have kept a clean sheet, a great match of all with a good result for the return (leg).”
Las Palmas produced their performance of the season as they thrashed 10 man Deportivo la Coruna 4-1 at the Riazor.
They took the lead after just eight minutes through Momo. Vitolo saw his shot rebound off the bar to Vicente Gomez who set up Momo to slot home.
Eight minutes later and the veteran midfielder had his second. Vitolo this time the provider as he squared the ball for Momo to tap into an empty net.
To make matters worse for Depor, they were soon reduced to ten men. Full back Juanfran picked up a booking for a foul on Jonathan Viera and almost instantly received his second for arguing back with the referee.
However, the hosts pulled one back when Lucas Perez headed home Zakaria Bakkali’s cross.
Any hopes of a comeback were dashed though after a late double from Jonathan Calleri. His first came on 81 minutes when he beat Przymeslaw Tyton from the edge of the area and he notched his second in stoppage time when sent through one on one as he slotted the ball into the back of the net.
The other all La Liga clash saw Levante win 2-0 at Girona.
Emmanuel Boateng scored their first when he found the bottom corner at the end of the first half.
Number two came just past the hour mark when Enis Bardhi’s corner was met by the head of Cheick Doucoure and although Gorka Iraizoz got his hand to the ball he could not keep it out.
A long range thunderbolt from Sergio Canales was enough to give Real Sociedad a win at Lleida Esportiu.
The midfielder struck an explosive shot into the top right hand corner of the net from all of 30 yards just past the half hour mark to give the Basques a lead to take back to the Anoeta with them for the second leg.
Elsewhere Tenerife and Espanyol played out a goalless draw at the Heliodoro Rodriguez.
Kick off was delayed by half an hour due to floodlight failure and this perhaps affected the players in a game bereft of much goalmouth action.
Lleida Esportiu 0-1 Real Sociedad Deportivo la Coruna 1-4 Las Palmas Girona 0-2 Levante Fuenlabrada 0-2 Real Madrid Tenerife 0-0 Espanyol