Real Madrid have qualified for the Round of 16 but they had to do it the hard way after the European champions suffered a scare against Segunda B side Fuenlabrada in their Spanish Copa Del Rey last 32 second leg clash.
The visitors took a 1-0 first half lead courtesy Luis Milla’s strike to pull the aggregate score back to 2-1 as goals from Marco Asensio (penalty) and Lucas Vazquez (penalty) had earlier given Real Madrid a 2-0 lead in the first leg.
Fuenlabrada held on till the 63rd minute before two Borja Mayoral goals in seven minutes gave a second string Madrid team a 2-1 lead on the night however the lowly team didn’t go down without a fight and they deservedly equalised through Portilla to earn a respectable 2-2 draw against their continental city rivals at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu on Tuesday and a 4-2 aggregate loss over two legs.
The other two Spanish La Liga sides in action on Tuesday, Leganes and Malaga, experienced contrasting fortunes after respective aggregate scoreline against lower oppositions.
Leganes defeated Real Valladolid 1-0 at home courtesy Tito’s 34th minute strike to secure a 3-1 aggregate win thereby qualifying for the Round of 16.
Malaga, on the other hand, have been eliminated after they drew 1-1 with Numancia at home to fall to a 3-2 aggregate loss to their less fancied opponents.