Leganes shocked the football world yesterday with a brilliant display as their Victory at the Bernebeu was enough to eliminate Real Madrid from the Copa de Rey competition despite losing the first leg a week ago. Real Madrid coming into the match were rejuvenated considering their 7-1 mauling of Deportivo last weekend but Zidane deliberate decision to leave some the key participant of the last game most was a costly gamble that was bound to backfire. Zidane decision to leave key actors Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth out of the match-day squad reduced the fear factor of his aside as Leganes where able to play an open game without fear of conceding. The dropping of the likes of Modric to bench unconsciously made the game an open one with nobody to boss the midfield from the los blancos side.

Javi Eraso scored the opener for Leganes in the 32nd-minute with a spectacular curling shot from long range and the away side maintained the lead till the end of the first interval with Los blancos supporters venting out their frustration to their team after a below par performance. Karim Benzema restored parity on the night for the host two minutes into the second half, thanks to a pass from Lucas Vazquez. Leganes restored their lead 8 minutes thanks to Gabriel Pires who scored the winner with a firm header. Leganes however displayed a good defensive performance late on in the tie to ensure their progression in cup competition.

The loss meant that Madrid have lost three out of their last five home game with Leganes coming as result of Zidane’s gamble and the under-fire Madrid boss was quick to accept responsibility for the loss. The Frenchman admitted that the night was worst as a manager after his side were outplayed by their opponent. With Possibility of another trophy-less spelling looming heavily, Real Madrid will need to pick the acts and form up before there champion league clash with PSG three weeks from now for the Los blancos side if the intend to salvage there football season.