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Zidane Defends Real After Shock Draw With Third-Tier Opponents

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane defended his team's below-par performance after they drew 2-2 with third-tier side Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey.

Click through the gallery above to see pictures of Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with third-tier side Fuenlabrada

The reigning European champions progressed to the last 16 after winning the tie 4-2 on aggregate, but Los Blancos did not have it all their way in the second leg of the cup fixture.

Fuenlabrada took a deserved lead in the 25th minute, but two strikes from youngster Borja Mayoral got the Spanish giants back on track before they let the lead slip right at the death.

"I'm not upset at all, it was foreseen," Zidane said after the game, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

 "It's not easy for the players, and there were homegrown players.

"I'm happy to advance in the tie, and the opponent played an excellent game. The important thing is the tie, and we passed.

"People can say what they want, but they also saw their players fight until the end.

"Some players had not played together. The opponent does not have a level of Segunda B. Fuenlabrada are a good team.

"I'm looking at my players, those who were on the field, in the second half we did it well, I'm happy."

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The match saw the likes of Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic return from lengthy spells on the sideline.

Do you think Real should be worried about their performance? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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