Copa del Rey: Happy with result, says boss Zidane after Numancia draw


Real Madrid fielded an nearly unrecognisable team and struggled into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw against second division Numancia.

"I'm happy with the tie (overall), the first leg was important".

Numancia striker Guillermo started on the bench but came on as a first-half substitute to score a pair of equalisers and cancel out two Lucas Vázquez strikes as Zidane's men stumbled again. But on both occasions, their modest visitors fought back thanks to a brace from Guillermo on the stroke of half-time and then after 82 minutes.

The minnows had Dani Calvo sent off late on for two bookings.

Earlier, Leganes reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history after losing 2-1 at Villarreal but progressing on away goals after their 1-0 first-leg win at Butarque.

Moroccan worldwide Nabil El Zhar scored the crucial away goal for mid-table Leganes on the half-hour mark.

Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Alaves and Leganes are also in the last eight.

As far as Zinedine Zidane is concerned, things are not as bad as they look for Real Madrid. "It's signed", said the French star after his side's draw with Numancia.

Real Madrid is now struggling, placed 4 in the league and is 16 points off the top of the table, as fierce rivals Barcelona look favorites to win the La Liga this season.

"When you miss them, you are sometimes wondering: 'Shouldn't I play in Spain in the next few years?' That's why I want to take my time to make a decision on that contract extension". "I can not look two or three years ahead because having the contract does not mean anything". "I know how it goes, nothing more, even with this contract it does not change anything".

On Thursday, Levante host Espanyol, Cadiz travel to Sevilla and holders Barcelona welcome Celta Vigo to the Nou Camp. It is not easy for the players who play less.

"That's still the case today".

"The Barca model will stay the same", he said Wednesday. But at the same time, Barca will continue to nurture young players at the training centre to maintain the style and identity.