Gutsy Celta clear Real test

Football King's Cup : Aspas, Castro strike for visitors at Bernabeu

Gutsy Celta clear Real test

 Real Madrid lost 2-1 at home to Celta Vigo in their Spanish King's Cup quarterfinal first leg on Wednesday to slump to their second defeat in a row following a record winning streak.

Spain striker Iago Aspas, the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga, gave the visitors a shock lead in the 64th minute by pouncing on a misjudged back-heeled clearance from Marcelo and showing composure to fire past a sea of defenders.

Brazilian full-back Marcelo made amends with a volley into the Celta net five minutes later but La Liga leaders Real were caught out again almost instantly on the counter-attack.

The lively Aspas robbed Lucas Vazquez around the halfway line and rolled the ball to full back Jonny Castro, who drilled a shot past Kiko Casilla to notch a second away goal for the Galicians and put Celta on the path to their first ever away Cup victory over Real.

Substitute Karim Benzema blazed over the bar from inside the area in the closing stages, failing to avoid a second straight defeat for Real who surrendered a Spanish record 40-game unbeaten run in all competitions with a 2-1 loss at Sevilla on Sunday.

“I dont know what happened but once again we didn’t concentrate enough and didn’t get into the game. It’s a bad moment but we have to get over it. We have a second leg to turn it around but today was a bad game,” Zidane said.

Celta host Real next Wednesday in the second leg of the quarterfinal tie.
Real have never overturned a 2-1 home defeat in any competition in a two-legged tie.

Alaves took a huge step towards the last four by winning 2-0 at second division Alcorcon thanks to two goals in stoppage-time by forward Ibai Gomez.

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