Real Madrid have been shown the exit door from the Copa del Rey, following a devastating defeat against Spanish third-tier team CD Alcoyano. The former Porto defender Eder Militao gave the visitors the lead right before half time but Alcoyano levelled the score when Jose Solbes converted a corner kick into a goal. They were then reduced to 10 men with just 10 minutes left to be played as Ramon Olivan got sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a lunge at Casemiro.
The La Liga champions were expected to control the game from that point but they were stunned when the flick from Juanan Vidal found the back of the net in the 115th minute of the game. Zidane had fielded many of his first-choice players, despite the tie seeming easy on paper.
Real Madrid boasted 73% possession and attempted a massive number of 26 shots. On the contrary, Alcoyano were happy to sit back in their defensive third and wait for Zidane’s side to make mistakes. Even bringing on Toni Kroos and Eden Hazard didn’t help the visitors change the scoreline.
The defeat means that the Los Blancos have just one win from their last 5 games across all competitions. The other three matches were draws and Zidane’s team currently sit 4 points behind the league leaders and city rivals Atletico Madrid, having played two matches more than them.
Social Media responded ruthlessly to the shocking defeat and a big chunk of Real Madrid fans are screaming for Zidane’s head. The defeat was utterly humiliating in the sense that the opponents were a third division side and were playing with 10 men when they scored the winner. But what concerns Zidane the most, would be the goal scoring record of his team. Real have managed to score just 6 goals in the last 5 matches.
Zidane shouldered the complete responsibility of the defeat. “When you lose, you always talk. I take responsibility and whatever has to happen, will happen. I am very calm. The players wanted to win the game and sometimes different things happen,” he said in the post-match presser.
Spanish media are interpreting that Zidane might have hinted at him getting sacked anytime soon by stating: “Whatever has to happen, will happen”. But you should read it along with the fact that Zidane has survived a very similar situation at this point of time last year, following the Copa del Rey exit against Real Sociedad and this season, they had progressed from their Champions League group after being on the brink of elimination.