match reportReal Madrid look like some losers at Villarreal again, but embark on a dramatic comeback in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 and turn a 0-2 deficit into a 3-2 win. Daniel Ceballos becomes the winner of the match. You will find out on Friday who the royal team will meet in the quarter-finals.
Real Madrid show reaction to Clasico defeat
REAL VILLA. ‘Everyone declares Real Madrid dead’, Carlo Ancelotti told reporters on Wednesday. But no, Real Madrid is alive. Los Blancos can still hope to win the Copa del Rey for the first time since 2014 thanks to a spectacular comeback against Villarreal in the round of 16. Who they will meet in the quarter-finals will be decided on Friday afternoon with the draw (1 p.m.).
The star-studded ensemble triumphed in a way that will give them plenty of morale after the critical final phase with the 1:3 beating of FC Barcelona in the Supercopa de España final. Twelve days after the 2-1 loss at the Estadio de la Céramica in La Liga, it looked like Carlo Ancelotti’s side would also be Copa losers, given they were trailing 2-0. A crazy turn followed with a 3:2 on the scoreboard.
After a goal from Étienne Capoue early in the game (4th) and a sense of accomplishment from Samuel Chukwueze shortly before the end of the first half (42nd), the hosts comfortably led 2-0 at the break.
Weak Real Madrid trail 2-0 at half-time
Capoue had given the advantage after a throw-in after a gap from Gerard Moreno from a tight angle, and for the second goal Chukwueze, after a clinch combination and a new submission from Moreno, presented himself in front of Thibaut Courtois and converted.
Real were increasingly on the ropes, didn’t find the right answer in Villarreal early on, but mistakes and lack of concentration crept into their game again and again. The champion and Champions League winner still had chances to equalize in the meantime. Ferland first put Mendy in the middle on Federico Valverde, whose shot missed the hosts’ goal (10th).
Then a nice double chance: captain Karim Benzema put Mendy in the spotlight, but his right-footed attempt was placed too centrally (34′), after which Mendy fell on a completely blank Rodrygo Goes, who didn’t either more been able to score from a few yards. . His shot is blocked (36th).
Crazy turn! Vinícius, Militão and Ceballos turn the game
The failed equalizer was followed a little later by the 0:2. Ancelotti let play continue without a change of sides, but then switched squads in the 56th minute: Toni Kroos and Rodrygo gave way to Daniel Ceballos and Marco Asensio. Ceballos’ entry had an immediate effect, and within a minute he set up Vinícius to score the 1-2 (57′). Real improved significantly and then equalized shortly after. 69 minutes: Cross from Ceballos, header from Benzema and Éder Militão concede a goal.
As a result, the more confident and stronger Madridistas were closer to the top than Villarreal. And then it fell in regulation time. The exceptional Ceballos scored in the axis from about 15 meters (86th). 3:2 after 0:2! Quarter-finals reserved.
Things are now anything but simpler for Real: on Sunday they will face Athletic Club away in the Primera División. The San Mamés in Bilbao is generally a difficult place.
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3:2 after 0:2! Real Madrid continue with mega morale in the Copa del Rey
Real Madrid look like some losers at Villarreal again, but embark on a dramatic comeback in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 and turn a 0-2 deficit into a 3-2 victory. Daniel Ceballos becomes the winner of the match. You will find out on Friday who the royal team will meet in the quarter-finals.
01/19/2023, 10:54 PM
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