Elche 1-2 Real Madrid: Player ratings as Blancos live on Copa del Rey scare

Elche 1-2 Real Madrid: Player ratings as Blancos live on Copa del Rey scare

An greater-time strike from Eden Hazard ensured ten-man Real Madrid prevented a shock Copa del Rey exit with a 2-1 victory at Elche on Thursday night.

The Belgian, on alternatively, went via on intention from David Alaba's pass and cooly rounded goalkeeper Axel Werner to secure Los Blancos' spot within the sector-finals.

Elche wasted an tremendous risk to take the lead early on as Guido Carrillo latched onto Lucas Perez's ball across goal with the internet gaping, only to look his near-range effort cannon go into reverse the bar.

Real - who started out the game with out Luka Modric, Casemiro and Karim Benzema as Carlo Ancelotti circled his squad - controlled some first rate openings inside the first half, with Vinicius Junior and Eduardo Camavinga each going near, although no purpose arrived to split the 2 sides earlier than the damage.

Elche had loved a vibrant first half of however their attacking potency began to wane all through the second period as Real ruled the ball and looked for openings.

However, Real lacked the composure of Benzema in assault as Luka Jovic toiled up front, with the hosts conserving out in brilliant fashion notwithstanding having six players absent due to Covid-19.

The sides couldn't be separated inside the establishing 90 mins, so greater-time ensued.

Raul Guti forced Andriy Lunin into a save with a free kick before Casemiro dribbled a shot wide. While Real had the higher probabilities, Marcelo surpassed the initiative to Elche with the aid of getting sent off for a remaining-man mission on Tete Morente.

From the ensuing unfastened kick, Gonzalo Verdu incorrect-footed Lunin with a deflected strike which rolled into the bottom nook to offer Los Franjiverdes a surprise lead.

However, that lead become fast wiped out in the second half of greater-time as Dani Ceballos' shot was deflected in by means of Isco for simply his 2d intention of the season.

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