Barcelona, 21 January 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Real Madrid suffered a shock loss as they were knocked out of the Spanish Cup by the 10 men of third-tier Alcoyano 2-1 after extra-time on Wednesday.
Madrid opened the scoring just before half-time with Eder Militao crashing in a header from a cross from Marcelo.
But the minnows levelled through Jose Solbes on 81 minutes and Real Madrid were unable to avoid the embarrassment of extra-time.
Worse was to come. Four minutes from the end of the added period, and just after Ramon Lopez was dismissed for a second yellow card, Juan Antonio Casanova (Juanan) scored to inflict one of 13-time European champion Real Madrid‘s most humiliating cup defeats.
Talk of Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane losing his job is now inevitable. When Real Madrid lost to third tier opposition at this stage of the competition in 2008 and 2009 neither Bernd Schuster nor Manuel Pellegrini kept their jobs beyond the end of the season.
Zidane does have three Champions Leagues and two La Ligas in the bank and kept his head after the game.
“There is always talk whenever we lose. I assume responsibility and what has to happen will happen. I am very calm,” he said.
“The players want to win and they give everything to make that happen but sometimes it goes differently.
“If we score the second goal then it’s another game. But that is football. Their keeper made two or three very good saves and the ball just did not want to go in. But I must take responsibility.”
Asked if it was embarrassment, Zidane added: “No. We are expected to win because they are a third tier side but these things can happen in football, there is no shame. We are just going to keep working and not be driven crazy by this.”
Alcoyano goal hero Juanan said: “There is a bonus for the cup but we will have to renegotiate it.”
But Alcoyano president Antonio Justicia added: “There was no bonus agreed. No one expected this!”
Elsewhere in Spain, Sergio Canales scored a superb brace as Betis took three points from Celta Vigo in La Liga.
Celta took the lead on 16 minutes when Santi Mina scored from a corner. But the visitors faded fast with Nabil Fekir setting up Canales on 25 minutes to equalize.
The same combination a minute before half time put Betis in front. This time Fekir won the ball back and released Canales who scored past Ruben Blanco.
“We have been getting things right on in the last few games and that was the case again tonight,” said Canales.
Getafe ran out 1-0 winners against Huesca, ruining Pacheta’s first game in charge of the struggling club.
Pacheta replaced Michel Sanchez as Getafe coach last weekend but his first test ended in defeat.
Mauro Arambarri scored the only goal of the game on 70 minutes from a pass from Carles Alena.
The result leaves Huesca rooted to the bottom of the table with just one win all season.
In the final game Kenedy scored a spectacular equalizer in Granada’s 2-2 draw with Villarreal.
Roberto Soldado put Granada ahead and Kenedy gave his team the draw after Ruben Pena and Moi Gomez scored for the home side.