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Asensio scores late to give Real the edge – Copa del Rey

Marco Asensio scored the only goal of the game at the Butarque in the solitary Copa del Rey quarter final on Thursday night as Real Madrid defeated Leganes to take a slender lead into the second leg at the Bernabeu next week. Theo Hernandez crossed from the right and Asensio was quickest to nip in to flick the ball high into the net past Nereo Champagne at his front post in the 89th minute to give Los Blancos a first leg win. Real had dominated the first half without creating many…

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Copa del Rey Preview – Thursday

Thursday night sees just one solitary game in the Copa del Rey as Real Madrid travel across the Spanish capital to face Leganes in the first leg of the Copa quarter finals. After shock first leg defeats for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, Los Blancos will be keen to avoid that and take the advantage back to the Bernabeu for the second leg next week. Real haven’t done it the easy way in getting to this stage despite facing lower league opposition in both previous rounds. They won away…

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Atléti and Barca suffer shock first leg defeats – Copa del Rey Round Up

Atlético Madrid and Barcelona both lost in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter finals at the hands of Sevilla and Espanyol respectively. Atléti started brightly in an entertaining first half at the Wanda Metropolitano, Diego Costa having a goal disallowed for a foul with Sergio Rico also making a fine save to deny Los Colchoneros. Sevilla had chances of their own too but it was level at the break. Atlético took the lead midway through the second half when a corner was cleared and the ball was…

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Copa del Rey Preview – Wednesday

The first three Copa del Rey quarter finals kick off on Wednesday night as the competition really begins to hot up. The Catalan derby is one of those matches as Barcelona travel across the city to face near neighbours Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium. Barca made it to this stage of the competition with 7-0 and 6-1 aggregate wins against Real Murcia of Segunda B and Celta Vigo of La Liga respectively. Their second leg performance against Celta, which saw them score five goals without reply at the Camp Nou, was…

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Top 4 kept apart as Copa draw throws up two derbies – Copa del Rey draw

The Copa del Rey draw took place this morning and saw the top four in La Liga all kept apart with derbies for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. Real were second out of the hat and they will face fellow Madrid side Leganes in the quarter finals. Los Blancos defeated Segunda side Numancia 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 despite a draw at home in the second leg and will be clear favourites to beat Leganes who beat Villarreal on away goals. Lega took a 1-0 lead to the Estadio de…

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Barcelona masterclass destroys Celta – Copa del Rey Round Up

Barcelona became the final team into Friday’s Copa del Rey quarter final draw as a first half blitz saw them beat Celta Vigo 5-0 at the Camp Nou. The tie was finely poised after last week’s 1-1 draw in Galicia and Celta were well in with a shout of getting through but within 15 minutes the tie was over. Jordi Alba’s bouncing ball across the edge of the box was fired home by Lionel Messi with the same duo linking up again two minutes later as Messi swept the full…

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Copa del Rey Preview – Thursday

Barcelona vs Celta Vigo is the pick of the ties on Thursday night as the Copa del Rey last 16 comes to an end. The two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg at Balaidos last week when Pione Sisto cancelled out Jose Arnaiz’s opener for Barca setting it up perfectly for the second leg at the Camp Nou. This will be the second time they have met in Catalonia this season after a 2-2 draw in the league. Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde had this to say about the match. “Our…

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Numancia hold Real, but Los Blancos progress – Copa del Rey Round Up

Real Madrid were held 2-2 at home to a lower league side for the second round running as Numancia twice came from behind to leave the capital bursting with pride. Real’s three goal lead from the first leg had all but guaranteed their progression to the quarter finals and when Lucas Vazquez headed home just 11 minutes in, it looked as though it would be another comfortable evening for Zinedine Zidane’s men. In stoppage time at the end of the first half however, Numancia found themselves level on the night….

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Copa del Rey Preview – Wednesday

Real Madrid play host to Numancia of La Liga 1|2|3 in the second leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie on Wednesday evening. Penalties from Gareth Bale and Isco were followed by a late header from Borja Mayoral as Real secured a 3-0 win in the first leg and Los Blancos are clear favourites to complete the task at the Bernabeu. The Madrid side are 16 points behind league leaders Barcelona in La Liga and Zinedine Zidane was late for a press conference earlier this week due to holding a…

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Vietto steals the show as Valencia reach quarter finals – Copa del Rey Round Up

Luciano Vietto was the Valencia hero as he scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 win over Las Palmas, helping secure Los Che’s place in the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey. With the match level at 1-1 from last week’s first leg, Valencia had the edge with an away goal scored by Rodrigo in Gran Canaria and Las Palmas knew they had to score. The Yellows contained Valencia well for the first half an hour of the game but after Simone Zaza’s close range header had been saved, Vietto…

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