Real crash out of King's Cup, Atletico advance

  • Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Celta Vigo’s goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez and defender Facundo Roncaglia (R) during their Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) quarter-final second leg match on Wednesday  
    Photo- AFP

Real Madrid crashed out of the King's Cup quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate after being held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Wednesday in another major setback for the stuttering European champions.

Real twice fought back to equalise on a rainswept evening in Galicia but it was not enough to save them from being eliminated in a knockout competition for the first time under Zidane who oversaw a Spanish record 40-game unbeaten run before successive defeats this month.

An own goal from Brazilian defender Danilo put Celta ahead in the 44th minute but Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for Real by lashing in a free kick from 28 metres in the 62nd.

Danish international Daniel Wass sealed Celta's place in the semi-finals with a shot from the edge of the area in the 85th minute before Real substitute Lucas Vazquez ensured a nervy finish by equalising with a diving header.

Real captain Sergio Ramos almost sent the tie into extra-time when he headed Toni Kroos's whipped free kick inches wide of the near post but Celta hung on.

Real have now failed to reach the Cup semi-finals for the last three years, losing to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 in 2015 and suffering a humiliating expulsion from last year's competition for fielding an ineligible player.

Celta, who have reached three King's Cup finals but never lifted the trophy, made the last four for the second year running and are targeting a first appearance in the final since 2001.

Earlier on Wednesday, Atletico Madrid reached the semi-finals for the first time in three years after coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Eibar, advancing to the last four 5-2 on aggregate.

Jose Gimenez headed home from a corner in the 49th minute to put Atletico four goals up on aggregate following last week's 3-0 win at the Vicente Calderon but Sergi Enrich levelled in the 73rd minute on the rebound after Pedro Leon had hit the post.

Atletico and Celta joined Alaves in the last four after the Basque side beat Second Division side Alcorcon 2-0 on aggregate on Tuesday. 

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