Celta Vigo pulled off another major upset in the Copa del Rey, eliminating Real Madrid with a 2-2 draw at home on Wednesday to reach the semifinals for the second straight season.
A year after ousting Atlético Madrid in the quarterfinals, Celta knocked Real Madrid out at the same stage with a 4-3 aggregate victory over two legs. Celta stunned Real Madrid with 2-1 win in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium last week.
Atlético Madrid also got back to the semifinals after being eliminated in the quarterfinals for the last two seasons, holding on for a draw at Eibar to advance by 5-2 on aggregate.
The deadlock was broken on Wednesday at a packed Balaidos Stadium in Vigo with an own goal by Madrid defender Danilo just before halftime.
Cristiano Ronaldo tied it with a free kick in the 62nd minute to keep Madrid alive, but the Danish midfielder Daniel Wass restored Celta’s lead with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 85th.
Lucas Vazquez tied it again amid heavy rain with a header in the 90th minute, but Madrid failed to find a third goal to advance.Continue reading the main story
Madrid: Zinedine Zidane has won almost everything in a stellar playing and coaching career but wants to put an end to his drought in domestic cup competitions this season.
Zidane picked up FIFA's award for coach of the year on Monday having led Real Madrid to a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo with coach Zinedine Zidane at the FIFA Awards. Reuters
He also won the World Cup, European Championship, Champions League and league titles in Italy and Spain as a player but failed to win a domestic cup.
"It's not a personal thing," Zidane said with a wry smile when asked if he had something against cup competitions.
Real begin their Copa del Rey campaign on Thursday away at third-tier Fuenlabrada, whose ground is named after Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres.
"Our ambition this year is to win it because we know that we can.
"For me it is not a minor trophy, for me it is an important trophy that we can win this year."
Zidane is though expected to name a much-changed side for the first leg of the last-32 tie with Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos among those afforded a day off from training on Tuesday.
Published Date: Oct 26, 2017 14:21 PM | Updated Date: Oct 26, 2017 14:21 PM
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