On Wednesday, Real Madrid was seen limping their way to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, losing 1-0 at Leganes with another lacklustre performance yet advancing 3-1 on aggregate.
The only goal of the match came from Danish forward Martin Braithwaite’s foot on the half-hour mark, knocking into an empty net from close range following a goalmouth scramble after the Middlesbrough loanee had headed against the post.
Leganes kept pushing for a second goal that would have put them back in contention in the tie but were repeatedly denied by Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas and their own inability to hit the target.
Full Time: Leganes 1-0 Real Madrid (1-3 aggregate)
Result: Real Madrid through to the Quarter Finals
In another Copa del Rey fixture on Wednesday, Atletico Madrid knocked out of the Cup race by Girona following a highly entertaining 3-3 draw at home to the Catalan side, who sneaked through to the quarter-finals on away goals after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.
Croatian forward Nikola Kalinic had fired Atletico into an early lead but equalised later in the first half by Girona winger Valery Fernandez in the 37th minute.
The second half begins with a score of 1-1 and soon after ten minutes, Atletico’s Saul Niguez got substituted by Rodrigo following an injury and after few minutes Cristhian Stuani headed Girona in front following a free kick.
On the hour mark, Griezmann came off the bench and soon threaded a pass towards Kalinic which Argentine winger Angel Correa squeezed under Girona’s goalkeeper to equalise.
Soon, France forward Griezmann put Atletico in the lead when he smashed into the roof of the net in the 84th minute, but the mood was soon punctured by Doumbia, also a substitute, who poked home a shot from Borja Garcia to send Girona through and dump out Atletico from the Copa del Rey.
Full Time: Atletico Madrid 3-3 Girona (4-4 aggregate)
Result: Girona go through on away goals