Lowly Leganes Stun Real Madrid Out Of Copa Del Rey

Leganes have qualified for the Spanish Copa Del Rey semi-final for the first time in their history after they stunned Real Madrid out of the Spanish Copa Del Rey on away goals.

The Los Merengues had won the first leg away from home by a lone goal and were firmly in the driving seat until Javier Eraso struck to put the visitors 1-0 ahead in their second leg clash at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.

The game remained 1-0 to Leganes until the timely intervention of French striker Karim Benzema who equalised for Real Madrid after the interval to put the team back into the qualification picture.

Leganes captain Gabriel Perez however had other ideas as he powered in a header off a corner kick to put his side 2-1 up on the night.

Real Madrid thereafter pushed for the equaliser as Benzema was denied one with the second leg clash entering the dying moments but Leganes held on to claim a major scalp by winning on away goals despite a 2-2 aggregate scoreline.

The latest bad result will undoubtedly out the focus on Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane amidst calls for him to be sacked because of the team’s lacklustre performances this season.

Real Madrid are presently 19 points adrift of league leaders and rivals in the Spanish La Liga title race making the UEFA Champions League (UCL) huge last 16 tie against Paris Saint Germain (PSG) a must-win.

In the other Spanish Copa Del Rey clash played on Wednesday, Valencia nearly blew a 2-1 first leg win at Alaves when both the sides met for the second leg at the Mestalla.

Alaves won 2-1 to take the game to extra time and penalties with a 3-3 aggregate scoreline in their quarter-final clash but the Los Che went on to win the tie 3-2 via penalties.

The last quarter-final tie will be played on Thursday night with holders Barcelona trailing Catalan rivals 1-0 from the away leg.

Semi-final Lineup:

1. Sevilla

2. Valencia

3. Leganes

4. Barcelona