Young Real Madrid side manage win in Copa del Rey; Depor fall to Las Palmas
Real Madrid used two penalties to cruise past third-division club Fuenlabrada 2-0 in their Copa del Rey round-of-32 first-leg tie on Thursday.
Zinedine Zidane selected a much-changed team from the one that defeated Eibar in La Liga play on Sunday, resting key stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Isco and Karim Benzema for the match in Madrid's suburbs.
And though their absence was felt through the first 45 minutes, goals from Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez were enough to give the defending league champions a comfortable advantage heading into the return fixture at the Bernabeu next month.
Real's youthful side -- featuring the likes of Asensio, Jesus Vallejo, Alvaro Tejero, Achraf Hakimi, Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente, Borja Mayoral and Theo Hernandez -- took a while to find their footing in the first half.
However, they picked up the pace after the break and finally found a breakthrough from the penalty spot on 63 minutes. Hakimi was brought down in the box by Fran Garcia, and Asensio slotted home from 12 yards to give Los Blancos a deserved lead.
They added to their advantage on the 80-minute mark, Lucas Vazquez scoring from the spot after Paco Candela was adjudged to have wrestled down Theo during a corner kick and was sent off for his second yellow card.
Madrid finished the match with 10 men, however, after Vallejo's first-team debut ended one minute from time as he was sent off following a heavy challenge.
Earlier, Momo and Jonathan Calleri both scored twice as Las Palmas ran past 10-man Deportivo La Coruna 4-1
Momo had already scored twice for the visitors in the opening 16 minutes when Depor's Juanfran was sent off for dissent following a booking for hard foul.
Depor continued to fight, and Lucas Perez got a goal back with a header before the hour mark. But extra man proved decisive as Jonathan Calleri added a late brace to give Las Palmas a sizable lead ahead of their home leg next month.
Levante won 2-0 away to fellow Primera Division side Girona.
Emmanuel Boateng broke the deadlock following a counter-attack five minutes before the break, and Cheick Doukoure headed home in the second half for the visitors.
Real Socidedad needed a spectacular strike from Sergio Canales to win 1-0 at third-teir Lleida.
Canales's shot from 30 yards found the top corner in the 32nd minute and proved to be the only difference between the sides.
Segunda Division club Tenerife held Espanyol to a goalless draw in the Canary Islands, in a game that was delayed about a half-hour because of floodlight issues.
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