Real Madrid suffers a humiliating exit from the Copa del Rey


As the Spanish champions dropped to a 2-1 loss at the hands of third-tier CD Alcoyano, who ended the match with 10 men, Real Madrid suffered a humiliating exit from the Copa del Rey.

After the Spanish Supercopa semi-final loss to Athletic Club last week, Zinedine Zidane made wholesale changes to his side, with Andriy Lunin and Victor Chust both delivering first-team debuts.

Real struggled to get going for most of the first half but took the lead on the half-time stroke as Eder Militao got into the box to head home at the end of a risky Marcelo delivery.

Vinicius Junior had an excellent opportunity to bring the game beyond doubt, but Jose Juan saved his breakaway shot before Jose Solbes equalized with nine minutes left, prodding home from a corner at the back post.

Ramon Lopez’s dismissal in extra-time seemed to have given Real Madrid the edge, but Alcoyano’s 10 men scored a winner as Juanan nipped in to convert an Ali Diakite cross at the near post.

In their Supercopa loss to Athletic Club, Real Madrid looked tired, and so Zidane made the call to rotate his squad for this game. In recent weeks, the Frenchman has stayed away from the rotation, for the most part, focusing instead on a core of players he trusts. This success and outcome illustrated why. For Real Madrid, this was a terrible evening.

They had Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, and others on the pitch at full-time and yet this was when the game got away from them as the Spanish champions lost to a third-tier side reduced to 10 players.

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