Real exit from King's Cup


Giant-killers: Players of Spanish third division team Alcorcon celebrate after knocking Real Madrid out of the King’s Cup in Madrid on Tuesday. AFP

Real had promised to rectify their embarrassing 4-0 first leg defeat at Alcorcon with a stirring fightback at home at the last-32 stage.

Manuel Pellegrini's side though, boasting Raul and Ruud van Nistelrooy up front supported by Gonzalo Higuain and Kaka, created little in front of a near-full house.
Alcorcon operate on a budget of just over one million euros ($1.50 million), some 400 times smaller than Real's.

The visitors were disciplined and organised and grew in confidence the longer Real laboured.  The hosts were threatened briefly at the start of the second half, when they hit the crossbar, and as the chances dried up disgruntled fans started whistling the players and chanting for Pellegrini to go.

Real substitute Rafael van der Vaart scored from outside the area with nine minutes left and Higuain hit the bar but by then fans were streaming out of the Bernabeu.
The supporters that remained, cheered Alcorcon's every touch towards the end and gave them a standing ovation at the finish.

It is the second year in a row Real have been humbled by a Segunda B side in the Cup after Real Union beat them at the same stage last season.

The only other top-flight sides to lose to lower league opposition were Tenerife, who fell 3-1 on aggregate to second division Celta Vigo, and Sporting Gijon who lost a penalty shootout against second division Recreativo Huelva.

Atletico Madrid and Sevilla swept aside their Segunda B opponents to progress.
Ten-man Valencia hung on to draw 2-2 at home against Segunda B side Alcoyano to go through 3-2 overall, and Villarreal edged past another third-tier side Puertollano 2-1 on aggregate.

Deportivo Coruna, Malaga and Osasuna also made the last 16.
Holders Barcelona put five past Cultural Leonessa to win 7-0 on aggregate and progress into last 16.

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