Copa Del Rey: Real Madrid 1:2 Celta Vigo
A 70th minute Jonny Castro’s goal was enough for Celta Vigo to secure a narrow shock away win over Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg stage at the Santiago Bernebeu on Wednesday night.
Celta aimed at getting a 0-0 draw, but a the determined underdogs took advantage of Zinedine Zidane’s side loss to Sevilla last weekend in a league match that saw their 40-game unbeaten run streak come to an end.
Iago Aspas’ 64th minute strike was cancelled out by Marcelo, but Castro scored what proved to be the winner one minute later.
There were few chancs created from both sides, however Los Blancos almost drew first blood through Christiano Ronaldo, but his optimistical appeal for penalty was denied as he was brought down in the box by Facundo Roncaglia.
However, Celta broke the dead lock with a counter attack, as Theo Bongonda crossed towards Daniel Wass, who did not quite reach the intended target, but fell on Aspas’ feet to blast the ball into the net.
The Spanish giants levelled matters five minutes later, with Marcelo’s volley deflected off Roncaglia to beat Celta’s goalkeeper. 1-1.
With 20min remaining on the clock, Aspas turned provider, finding Castro, who slid the ball beyond Kiko Casilla in the Real goal.
Zidane’s men had a chance to equalise in the 80th minute, when Karim Benzima fluffed the ball high over the crossbar, leaving Real everything to do in the second leg next week.
Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane was certain during a post-match interview that his side will bounce back at next week’s return leg at Balaidos stadium.
“We know that we’re capable of getting through this and we’ll do just that,” the French coach said.
In the other fixture Copa del Rey that played last night saw CD Alaves secure a comfortable 2-0 win away to AD Alcorcon.