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18.01.2018 » Leganés 0-1 Real Madrid. Asensio delivers first-leg win with late goal

Marco Asensio scores a late winner against Leganés

With La Liga virtually lost, Real Madrid has definitely turned their focus and attention to the Copa del Rey, as they face Leganés in the quarter-finals of the competition. The first leg was away from home and ended with a positive result for Zinedine Zidane's men earlier tonight, who defeated the hosts by 1-0.

It's hard to explain but at this stage of the season, the Copa del Rey is probably one of Real Madrid's biggest objective of their 2017-18 campaign, right behind the Champions League. This Thursday, the Merengues travelled to Leganés to face the local side in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals first leg and are returning to the Spanish capital with an important 1-0 win advantage, a result predicted by pretty much any online casino and many experts. The only goal in this match was scored in the 89th minute by Marco Asensio, his 8th of the season. The Spaniard showed his world-class finishing touch from a cross coming from the left. The two teams will meet again next week for the second leg, but this time the stage will be the Santiago Bernabéu.

Leganés 0-1 Real Madrid - Goals and highlights:

These Copa Del Rey victories and the performances attached do absolutely nothing to quell the fears of an increasingly worried Real Madrid fanbase.

We just can't seem to score a goal and it doesn't matter who is actually playing, we are incapable of causing serious danger in the final third. Worst yet, when we actually get there we have no clue how to convert. To be fair, Leganes have been one of the best defensive teams in the league, but that shouldn't be a problem for a squad that beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final just a few months ago, even if this was the reserves.

Thankfully, a late (88th minute) Marco Asensio goal was enough to give Real Madrid a vital away victory. The young midfielder got on the end of a Theo Hernandez cross and buried his shot into the top corner of the near post, sparing Madrid's blushes and giving them a crucial advantage going into the second leg of the round, scheduled for next week.

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Despite the late goal, Real Madrid's traditional second-half collapse occurred again. After a great first half in which they were able to dictate play, the Merengues almost lost the plot in the second and were lucky to have no conceded. Thankfully, Luka Modric and Isco's introduction helped Real Madrid steady the ship before allowing a goal...

It's a great result however and Real Madrid look forward to the weekend and a matchup with Deportivo de la Coruña. The BBC (Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo) was benched today, which means we could be seeing them all play this Sunday against Depor.

With the Champions League tie against Paris-Saint Germain just 4 weeks away, Real Madrid are now in desperate need for regaining their confidence levels in a race against time. Against the likes of Neymar, Mbappé and Cavani, it's going to be extremely important to see some improvements in the upcoming games and Zinedine Zidane's is certainly well aware of it...

Author: Terrance Ross

Luka Modric passing in Leganés vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid line-up vs Leganés:

Goalkeeper: Casilla
Defenders: Theo, Vallejo, Varane, Carvajal
Midfielders: Llorente, Kovacic, Ceballos, Lucas Vázquez
Attackers: Asensio, Mayoral.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Leganés
vs
Real Madrid
0
Goals
1
6
Shots
8
1
Shots on goal
4
4
Corner kicks
5
19
Fouls commited
5
3
Yellow cards
0
0
Red cards

0

32%
Ball possession
68%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Real Madrid is on January 21 of 2018 against Deportivo de la Coruña. You can watch Juventus live stream, Real Madrid vs Deportivo, Brighton vs Chelsea, Burnley vs Manchester United, Derby County vs Bristol City, and Hertha vs Borussia Dortmund, all matches provided from our live football game pages.

Real Madrid next game:
Real Madrid vs Deportivo
kick-off time (21-01-2018):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 23:15
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 22:15
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+4.30: 19:45
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 16:15
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 15:15
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-2: 13:15
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 11:15
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 08:15

Sources: ronaldo7.net / realmadrid.com / bbc.com / goal.com

Real Madrid starting lineup vs Leganés in the Copa del Rey

Llorente playing in Real Madrid in 2018

Isco in action in Leganés 0-1 Real Madrid

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