Mayoral brace helps Los Blancos progress

‘I did my best to make things right with Atletico’ – Griezmann

Real Madrid booked their place in the Copa del Rey last-16 with a 2-2 draw against Fuenlabrada on Tuesday seeing them advance 4-2 on aggregate.

  • Real Madrid 2 Fuenlabrada 2
  • Milla stunner puts visitors ahead
  • Mayoral bags second-half brace
  • Portilla clinches draw at the death
  • Los Blancos win 4-2 on aggregate

Match Summary

Holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane named a young starting line-up, who found themselves trailing 1-0 at half-time.

However, Borja Mayoral bagged a second-half brace to put the hosts ahead, before their lower-league neighbours equalised at the death to earn a share of the spoils at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Full Report

The Segunda B outfit wasted a glorious chance to halve the first-leg deficit after just four minutes when Hugo Fraile faired wide of the goal after being set up by Matheus Aias from a throw-in.

Aias threatened again for the visitors soon afterwards as he beat the offside trap before shooting straight at Keylor Navas.

Real failed to heed the early warnings and they went behind on 25 minutes when Luis Milla ran onto a cleared corner and hit a rasping effort from 25 yards out that struck the crossbar and went in off Navas on the rebound.

The hosts looked to respond as Marcos Llorente blazed over the bar before Mayoral forced Pol Freixanet to palm away his curling strike, but Kirikos took their one-goal lead into the break.

Cata Diaz was inches away from doubling their lead after the restart with a header that came back off the bar from Fraile’s free-kick.

Zidane looked to his bench and brought on Gareth Bale, who made an instant impact as he crossed for Mayoral to head home the equaliser in off the woodwork on 62 minutes, which gave Real some breathing room.

Bale looked in the mood, though, after a two-month injury absence, and he combined with Mayoral again eight minutes later, the Welshman’s initial shot saved by Freixanet, which allowed the Spaniard to score on the rebound.

Fuenlabrada never gave up, however, and their efforts were rewarded in the final minute when substitute Alvaro Portilla found the back of the net at the second attempt to secure a memorable draw.

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