Real dealt Cup shock by modest Valladolid
Real Madrid were dumped out of the King's
Cup by Valladolid on the away goals rule after the second division side
claimed a deserved 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Valladolid forward Xavi More grabbed the all-important goal when he cut
inside defender Roberto Carlos and fired a low shot into the far corner
12 minutes from time to cancel out a Michael Owen strike and put his
side into the quarter-finals.
Athletic Bilbao comfortably avoided a similar upset in their tie against
third division Lanzarote when they recovered from a 2-1 defeat in the
first leg to claim a crushing 6-0 win over the Canary Islanders at San
The performance of the night came from Bilbao youngster Fernando
Llorente who scored a hat-trick and set up another as his side cruised
to their 7-2 aggregate victory.
Earlier, Osasuna survived a stern test from Getafe to book a place in
the quarter-finals with a 4-3 aggregate win.
The Navarrans, who won last week's first leg 2-0, were put under severe
pressure throughout the all Primera Liga tie, but a fine double from
midfielder Inaki Munoz allowed them to scrape through against the modest
Real Betis did the bare minimum to go through, drawing 0-0 with third
division Mirandes after a comfortable 3-1 victory in the first leg.
Primera Liga strugglers Numancia also joined them in the next round
after substitute Miguel Perez cancelled out a 1-0 first-leg deficit
against second division Elche following the break and his side went
through on penalties.
Real, who once again adopted the risky strategy of fielding a side of
second string players in the Cup, were outplayed by their determined
second division opponents in the first half.
Valladolid midfielder David Sousa hit the bar with a dipping free kick
in the sixth minute and strikers More and Roberto Losada were a constant
menace to the Real Madrid back four.
Real's new signing Thomas Gravesen and Albert Celades were unable to
take control in the centre of midfield, while strikers Owen and Javier
Portillo barely had a sniff of the ball up front.
The home side's only clear chance of the half came three minutes before
the break when Portillo had a long distance effort tipped over the bar
by Valladolid keeper Francisco Lledo.
Coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo clearly did not like the look of what he saw
in the first half and threw on Ronaldo, Raul and Zinedine Zidane in
place of former youth team players Jurado, Javi Garcia and Portillo
after the break.
Valladolid were the first to threaten once again and it took a brilliant
reaction save from keeper Cesar to stop a rasping shot from More in the
The in-form Owen looked as though he had secured his side a place in the
next round when he raced on to a neat pass from Raul and fired a
perfectly-placed angled shot inside the far post 20 minutes into the
Real's celebrations were cut short, however, when the visitors drew
level 12 minutes later thanks to More's fine individual goal.
Real, who were the losing finalists in last season's competition, join
Barcelona, Valencia and Deportivo Coruna on the list of high-profile
victims in this season's Cup.