December 1, 2021

Real Madrid knocked out of Copa del Rey by third-division side Alcoyano

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Real Madrid knocked out of Copa del Rey by third-division side Alcoyano

Real Madrid are eliminated from the 2020/21 Copa del Rey after a shocking 2-1 extra time defeat to Segunda B side Alcoyano in the round-of-32 on Wednesday night at the Estadio El Collao.

The third-division club from eastern Spain scored in the 80th-minute to force extra time and again in the 115th to make it to the last-16.

Alcoyano had one man down because of a red card shown to Ramón López after a hard tackle on Casemiro,just minutes before Juanan Casanova scored the winner from close range after a quick counterattack.

The Los Blancos served up a poor display thus lead to a result of a cup elimination that evokes memories of previous humiliations against lower division sides Alcorcon and Real Union.

A week after losing to Athletic Club in the Supercopa de Espana semi finals, Zinedine Zidane now finds himself in an even more difficult situation as head coach. take a look at our latest fooball news about Bayern maintain Bundesliga lead thanks to Lewandowski’s penalty here!

Real Madrid rivals Atletico Madrid had already been eliminated by a third-division club in the second round, losing to Cornellà, which will then host Barcelona on Thursday.

Madrid continued to struggle creating scoring opportunities, having only Eder Militao able to score and give them the lead right before half-time, it wasn’t enough to as the hosts eventually found the equalizer with a close-range shot by José Solbes after a corner kick.

Alcoyano goalkeeper José Juan Figueras had to make a couple of key saves preventing Madrid from recovering.

“We tried,”Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said after the match. “The players gave their all on the pitch.

“I’m the coach, the responsibility is mine. I’m responsible. We’ve played against a third division team and we should have won but it’s not a disgrace.”

Asked if he is feeling the heat, Zidane said: “I’m calm. We will see what happens in the next few days.”

Zidane still believes he has the support of his players.

“Yes, I think so,” he said. “But you have to ask the players. We are all on the same boat. All defeats are painful. I don’t like to lose and neither do my players. Now we have La Liga and the Champions League to focus on.”