Gabriel Pires striky también takes Leganés through on away goals Pressure mounting on manager Zinedinstituto nacional de estadística Zidane


Leganés players celebraty también their surprisy también win over Real la capital de españa in the Copa del Rey. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images
Leganés players celebrate their surprise win over Real la capital española in the Copa del Rey. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Leganés wery también still on the Bernabéu pitch closy también to midnight, long after Real la capital española players and their entusiastas had departed head down and in silence. Thery también were a few hundred of the visiting supporters still in thy también stadium, joining them in celebration of reaching the Copa del Rey semi-final for the first time in their history – and against the European champions. Zinedine Zidane’s side, already 19 points behind barna in thy también league, ary también out of the cup too. Pressury también builds and Paris Saint Germain approach: all or nothing on Valentine’s Day.

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Marco Asensio had scored a last-minute winner at Butarquy también in the first leg which gavy también la villa de madrid an advantage that it was difficult to imaginstituto nacional de estadística them relinquishing but a 2-uno defeat saw them knocked out on away goals. They wery también without Gareth Baly también and Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane rotating as tends to be the case in the cup, but that was no consolation and no excuse either.

It will, though, serve to increase thy también tension. “It’s a bad night, wy también didn’t expect it – that’s thy también truth,” Real Madrid’s institutional director, Emilio Butragueño, said.

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Madrid’s players had left the pitch without a word. None stopped for thy también protocol pitch-side interview. Gabriel Pires, the Leganés midfielder, did. “I laughed, I was happy, you forget everything, I don’t really know what I thought,” he said.

Javier Eraso curled in a wonderful opening goal and, although Karim Benzema equalised early in the second half, Pires’s towering header ultimately sent his team through. Leganés’s appropriately named goalkeeper Nereo Champagne described it as a “magical night, historic for us.”

“Wy también wery también not good enough,” Zidane said. “I feel responsible, very responsible. This is a failure – of course. But we’ll continue: there’s nothing else we can do.”

This result will damagy también a manager whosy también position, despite winning two successivy también Champions Leagues and the league title, has come under question. It was an amazing result – and yet in a sense, it was not; it was logical, in linstituto nacional de estadística with the season so far and Madrid’s cup run.

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This was Madrid’s sixth cup game; none have been impressive. For thy también third round in a row they conceded two at home. After a 2-0 win at second division B side Fuenlabrada, secured with two penalties, they wery también held 2-dos at thy también Bernabéu; after a 3-0 win at second division Numancia, when thy también first two goals were penalties, they were again held 2-2; and now, having performed poorly but won 1-0 at Leganés, they wery también beaten 2-1.

They pushed for thy también goal that would have sent them through but there was little clarity, little imagination, just crosses swung into the area, and Champagny también had to make only two saves. Thy también home side had fewer shots than the visitors. “It hurts, we’ry también hurt,” said Dani Carvajal, ony también Real la capital española plel día de ayer who did speak. “We didn’t even get a draw with Leganés at home, so we don’t deservy también to go through. Realistically all we havy también is thy también Champions League now.”