Real Madrid could not keep away from one other Copa del Rey upset, not even whereas enjoying with an additional man in opposition to a third-division membership.
Small Spanish membership Alcoyano got here from behind to eradicate Madrid 2-1 within the spherical of 32 on Wednesday. The hosts scored within the eightieth minute to power additional again and again within the a hundred and fifteenth to shock the Spanish powerhouse and make it to the final 16. That was regardless of having Ramón López despatched off within the 109th for a second reserving.
“We nonetheless believed we may win the match even after the crimson card,” Alcoyano coach Vicente Parras mentioned. “This feat will nonetheless be remembered in 15 or 20 years.”
The consequence will add extra strain coach Zinedine Zidane and Madrid, which was coming off a loss to Athletic Bilbao within the Spanish Tremendous Cup. It was additionally held to a attract its final Spanish league sport, in opposition to relegation-threatened Osasuna.
“If you play in opposition to a third-division membership it’s important to win, however we could not do it,” Zidane mentioned. “It occurs. I will take the duty. We’re going to preserve working exhausting.”
Madrid was searching for its first Copa title since 2014, which was the final time it reached the ultimate. It was eradicated by Real Sociedad within the quarterfinals final season. It hadn’t did not get previous the spherical of 32 since 2015-16, when it was disqualified for utilizing an ineligible participant.
Crosstown rival Atlético Madrid had already been eradicated by a third-division membership within the second spherical this season, shedding to Cornellà, which is able to host Barcelona on Thursday.
Primarily based in jap Spanish metropolis of Alcoy, the small membership of Alcoyano made it to the Copa quarterfinals in 1946, when it misplaced to eventual champion Real Madrid. It has performed 4 seasons within the first division, however not since 1950-51.
Juanan Casanova scored the winner from shut vary for Alcoyano after a fast counterattack.
Taking part in with out some common starters, Madrid managed possession from the beginning however couldn’t open the scoring till Éder Militão headed in a cross by Marcelo within the ultimate minute of the primary half.
Madrid continued to battle to create scoring alternatives and the hosts finally discovered the equalizer with a close-range shot by José Solbes after a nook kick.
Alcoyano threatened once more earlier than the top of regulation and in additional time, earlier than López was despatched off with a second yellow card for a tough sort out on Casemiro.
The winner by Casanova got here after a missed probability by Madrid off a nook kick.
Alcoyano goalkeeper José Juan Figueras, 41, needed to make a few key saves to maintain Madrid from recovering.
The sport was performed on the 5,000-capacity El Collao Stadium, which was with out followers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am unable to cease enthusiastic about the followers who could not be with us tonight, however I am certain that they’re extraordinarily pleased with what the workforce has achieved,” Parras mentioned.
Earlier, Real Sociedad eradicated third-division membership Córdoba 2-0 with a pair of second-half targets by William José, the Brazilian ahead who was anticipated to seal a transfer to English membership Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Final season’s Copa ultimate between Sociedad and Basque Nation rival Athletic Bilbao has but to be performed after being postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(Inputs from AP.)