Second string Real struggle into Copa del Rey quarter-finals
Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez, left, celebrates with teammate Jose Luis Fernandez 'Nacho' after scoring the opening goal against Numancia during the Spanish Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg soccer match.
(Photo: AP) MADRID: Real Madrid fielded an almost unrecognisable team and struggled into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw against second division Numancia.
Already 3-0 ahead from the first leg, coach Zinedine Zidane could afford to rest his superstars with one eye on La Liga, where they are 16 points behind Barcelona, and the Champions League last 16 with a clash against Paris Saint- Germain next month.
Leganes, a modest club from the Madrid suburbs, reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey for the first time in their 89-year existence.
Despite losing 2-1 at Villarreal, who are currently sixth in La Liga, Leganes progressed on away goals having won the first leg 1-0.