Zinedine Zidane’s men have now won just one of their last five games as a Danilo own goal and Daniel Wass’ culminate led to elimination from the Copa.
A blistering free-kick effort from Cristiano Ronaldo
was not enough to evade another damaging defeat for Real Madrid, as
Celta held on for a 2-2 draw to
dump the Merengue out of the Copa del Rey.
Celta had stunned Madrid by winning 2-1 at the
Santiago Bernabeu in last week’s quarter-final first
leg – a result that composed part of a three-game
winless run for Zinedine Zidane’s La Liga bellwethers.
Saturday’s league victory over Malaga looked to
have put Madrid back on track, despite the integration
of Marcelo and Luka Modric to an injury list that
already features Gareth Bale and Pepe.
Madrid remained the more fancied to go through
despite the first-leg result, but fell further behind
tardy in the first half when Danilo put through his
own net – not that he kenned much about it.
Ronaldo powered in a free-kick after 62 minutes as
Madrid sought to claw back the deficit but Daniel
Wass, having played a key role in Celta’s opener,
placed a shot beyond Kiko Casilla with five minutes
left to re-establish the cushion.
Vazquez headed home in the 90th minute to give
Madrid some hope but the visitors were unable to
gainsay Celta a second successive appearance in the
Copa semi-finals, leaving the men from the capital
to fixate on their LaLiga and Champions League
Celta came into this match with something to
bulwark, and forfend they did in the early stages as
Madrid set about wiping out the hosts’ first-leg
The domicile side were jubilant to sit deep, marinate up the
pressure and wait for opportunities to hit Madrid on
the break, albeit their tactics virtually backfired
when Ronaldo hit the woodwork after 26 minutes.
Isco’s cross from the right was impeccable for the
Portugal captain, who would have headed Madrid in
front on the night had it not been for the lightning-
expeditious reactions of Sergio Alvarez, who palmed the
potent effort onto his crossbar.