Marco Asensio's late strike helps Real Madrid secure a 1-0 win over Leganes in Thursday night's Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque.
have secured a narrow 1-0 win over Real Madrid in Thursday night's Leganes quarter-final first leg at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Copa del Rey grabbed the winner in the 89th minute as Marco Asensio 's cross from the left flank was met by the 21-year-old and flicked into the back of the net past goalkeeper Theo Hernandez . Nereo Champagne
Under-fire Real boss
picked a starting XI largely composed of second-string players, while Zinedine Zidane , Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were omitted from the matchday squad. Gareth Bale
The first half saw Los Blancos enjoy the lion's share of possession against La Liga's 13th-placed side but the visitors only managed to produce three shots, none of which was on target.
In addition, Zidane was forced to make an early substitution, with
going down clutching his hamstring after just 15 minutes played and having to be replaced by Jesus Vallejo . Nacho
Leganes were more ambitious in the second half and enjoyed several chances as
and Jose Naranjo forced smart stops from Claudio Beauvue and Kiko Casilla headed against his own crossbar. Marcos Llorente
However, Real managed to contain their opponents and turned the screw late on in the game, which culminated in Asensio's late winner to give the reigning La Liga champions the upper hand ahead of the second leg at the Bernabeu on January 24.
LEGANES (4-2-3-1): Champagne; Tito, Bustinza, Siovas, Rico; Perez (Branasac 61') Gumbau; El Zhar, Eraso, Naranjo (Amrabat 70'); Beauvue (Omar 82') REAL MADRID(4-3-3): Casilla; Carvajal, Varane, Vallejo (Nacho 15'), Hernandez; Kovacic, Llorente (Isco 73'), Ceballos (Modric 67'); Lucas, Mayoral, Asensio
Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo out of Madrid squad