Actual Madrid progressed to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey regardless of a 1-Zero defeat to Leganes within the second leg of their spherical of 16 tie.
Carrying a 3-Zero lead into the sport from the primary leg, the competition noticed Actual create little in entrance of objective as they have been comfortable to sit down deep and defend in numbers.
Nonetheless, Leganes began the sport brightly and deservedly took the lead by means of Marlon Braithwaite on the half-hour mark. The Dane, who first hit the publish with a implausible header, was quickest to react to the rebound as he tucked the ball residence to place the hosts in entrance.
Actual did little to bother Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar all through the primary interval, with their finest probability coming when Vinicius Junior flashed a snap-shot huge after a wonderful solo run.
The second half was slightly uneventful as Actual have been content material to sit down again and handle their result in security till the full-time whistle.
Leganes did have probabilities to make issues attention-grabbing within the remaining ten minutes, however Braithwaite missed a guilt-edged alternative, heading into the mid-riff of Keylor Navas.
Any hopes that the house facet had have been gone when Sabin Merino fired over the bar, unable to maintain his composure in a one-on-one towards Navas.
Brahim Diaz nearly scored following his latest signing from Manchester City, however hit the publish late on with a dinked end.
Try 90min’s breakdown of the match under.
Key Speaking Level
Regardless of avenging final 12 months’s Copa defeat to Leganes, Actual carried out with a scarcity of depth at some point of the competition, most notably within the first half after they registered only one shot on the right track.
Though the end result was not of nice significance given Los Blancos’ cushion from the primary leg, they appeared to lack any want to influence the sport, which isn’t one thing you’ll affiliate with a Real Madrid crew.
Santiago Solari is aware of he should discover a approach to encourage his gamers to supply extra constant performances if Actual are to shut the hole to Barcelona on the high of La Liga, or advance any additional within the Champions League.
Beginning XI: Navas (8*); Odriozola (7), Varane (6), Nacho (7), Marcelo (5); Valverde (6), Casemiro (6), Regulion (5); Vazquez (6), Vinicius (7), Isco (5).
Substitutes: Ceballos (6), Cristo (6), Diaz (5).
Presently having fun with an prolonged spell between the sticks as a consequence of Thibaut Courtois’ harm, Navas was his crew’s finest participant by a ways.
The Costa Rican was unfortunate to see his facet go behind, after a implausible response save within the construct as much as Leganes’ objective. His intervention to disclaim Braithwaite halfway by means of the second half proved key as a second objective for the hosts may have fully modified the complexion of the tie.
As soon as Courtois returns from his harm, Solari will definitely face a dilemma over who his first alternative shot-stopper must be, on condition that Navas has impressed in latest weeks.
Enjoying in a considerably unfamiliar function in central midfield for the primary 45 minutes, Marcelo did not have an affect on the sport from the center of the park. The Brazilian was additionally uncharacteristically poor on the ball, being dispossessed on a variety of events.
As well as, Marcelo was poor from an attacking perspective, missing any incisive risk within the remaining third.
That is one thing that should change quickly, as Los Merengues are at present with out a variety of first crew gamers as a consequence of harm, and Solari will want his senior gamers to step up of their absence over the approaching weeks.
Following their simple win, Actual will probably be seeking to acquire some momentum in La Liga and shut the ten level hole between themselves and leaders Barcelona, beginning with their recreation at residence to Sevilla on Saturday.
Actual will probably be hoping Leganes can support their trigger, as Los Pepineros journey to Barcelona on Sunday, with kick-off at 19:45 GMT.