Real Madrid knocked out of Spanish Copa del Rey

Real Madrid knocked out of Spanish Copa del Rey

Real Madrid knocked out of Spanish Copa del Rey

"I take responsibility for my decisions", Zidane said. Three-time defending champion Barcelona hosts city rival Espanyol on Thursday to try to overcome a 1-0 first-leg loss. For that I'm angry. "I can't understand it".

Zinedine Zidane rested a few of their big names, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Casemiro and Marcelo all missing out.

The win marks Leganes' first ever win over Real, and they will now be eyeing up the first major honour in their 90-year history.

Leganes, on the other hand, made their intentions clear as they threatened to take the lead with a free-kick six minutes later through Claudio Beauvue, but he struck the post.

The Legionaries found the opener with a stunning 30-metre strike after Javier Eraso intercepted Nacho Monreal on the edge of the box after 31 minutes.

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Leganés were still on the Bernabéu pitch close to midnight, long after Real Madrid players and their fans had departed. We can't change things, there were 90 minutes to do that and we didn't.

Leganes' first real lapse of the night was harshly punished, but the visitors regained the lead through Gabriel, whose thumping header from Eraso's corner put his side ahead for the first time in the tie on the away goals rule and stunned the Bernabeu into silence.

The home supporters were restless, but they needn't have anxious since Benzema needed only two minutes after the restart to equalise.

Champagne tipped a Ramos header over the crossbar as the clock ticked down and Vazquez's stoppage-time shot was blocked as Leganes held on for a famous victory. It is now manager Zinedine Zidane's turn to face the sword and he has accepted that his fate lies in the Champions League, where Madrid will face a high flying Paris Saint Germain in the last-16.

"In the end, the result is logical, as the opponent played their game and we did not.I am responsible for this, it is a failure for me today. I'm the coach. I'm the one who has to find the solutions". We'll be building up to it throughout the morning, before bringing you the semi-final pairings as they come out of the hat. I will take on this situation and I will keep working as I have always done.

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