Copa Win For Real Madrid
28 November 2012
Real Madrid secured a morale boosting progression into the next round of the Copa del Rey last night, beating Alcoyano at the Estadio Bernabeu.
The score on the night was 3-0, with the aggregate total 7-1 to the defending La Liga champions.
Los Blancos came into the match under pressure, after an unsatisfying run of matches, which has seen them uncharacteristically profligate.
Manager Jose Mourinho was able to rest most of his regular first-teamers and still get the right result, and so Real will approach the weekend’s Madrid derby in better spirits.
Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil and Jose Callejon were the only established senior squad members to start the game.
But it was not until substitute Angel Di Maria opened the scoring that Real were able to hit their stride.
Ultimately, they cruised home when Mou’s pet, utility man Callejon, bagged a late brace.
By the end of the game it was a stroll in the park for Los Blancos, with a massive aggregate lead, and 10 men to play against, following the dismissal of Alcoyano’s Javi Selvas.
Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad were shock victims of early eliminations from the Copa, at the hands of minnows Las Palmas and Cordoba respectively.
Malaga lost 1-0 to Cacareno, but still progressed on aggregate, while their La Liga rivals Real Betis and Osasuna also moved into the fifth round.
Tonight, holders Barcelona will likely confirm their own progression against Alaves. And all eyes will be on the bench, to see if record chasing Lionel Messi will get the chance to add to his incredible 2012 goal tally.