Real Madrid After Home Draw Make Copa del Rey Quarters
Real Madrid stumbled to a 2-2 draw with third tier Numancia on Wednesday but qualified for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.
With a comfortable first-leg advantage, Zinedine Zidane rested much of his first team, making 10 changes from the line-up that struggled to a disappointing draw at Celta Vigo on Sunday to fall 16 points behind league leaders Barcelona.
Lucas Vazquez put Madrid in front in the 11th minutes with a header, but Guillermo levelled from a counter-attack in the 45th minute.
Vazquez scored a second from close range in the 59th minutes before Guillermo equalised again, this time with a brilliant header.
Numancia’s Dani Calvo was sent off in the dying minutes for a cynical foul to stop Isco that earned him a second yellow card.
Real, who have not won the competition since 2014, also drew 2-2 in the second leg against Fuenlabrada of the third tier in the last round, having won the first game 2-0.
Last season’s Cope del Rey runners-up Alaves beat third division Fomentera 2-0 to wrap up a 5-1 aggregate win thanks to second-half goals from Ermedin Demirovic and Alfonso Pedraza.
On Thursday, Levante host Espanyol, Cadiz travel to Sevilla and holders Barcelona welcome Celta Vigo to the Nou Camp.