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Real Madrid beats 3rd-tier Fuenlabrada 2-0 with 2 penalties

27 Octubre 2017

A much-changed Real Madrid ground out a 2-0 victory at third-tier Fuenlabrada in their King's Cup last-32 first leg on Thursday, needing two dubious penalties to break down their stubborn hosts as both sides finished with 10 men.

Levante got the better of Girona in a top flight tie as Emmanuel Boateng and Cheick Doukoure scored either side of half-time for a 2-0 win.

Midfielder Sergio Canales scored with a remarkable long-range shot in the first half to give Real Sociedad a 1-0 win over third-division club Lleida in Catalonia.

The game did end on a sour note for Zidane's charges when defender Jesús Vallejo was shown a straight red card for a dangerous lunge on Luis Milla in the closing stages.

DF Nacho, 7 - A repeat of his goal against Cultural was never likely as the captain for the evening rarely ventured past the halfway line. Covered plenty of ground looking for the ball and used it well for the most part. A wonderful strike, controlled on his chest and volleyed on 44 minutes, was touched onto the bar by Codina and was Madrid's first on target. "I can say that I accept 'The Best' award and it's the fruit of the work we've done", he said.

FW Lucas Vazquez, 7 - A first-half penalty shout on the paint of the Fuenla area incensed the winger, who went in hard on a couple of retaliatory challenges.

"Fuenlabrada are second in the league and are a good team".

Codina temporarily kept Fuenlabrada in the tie with two stunning saves to deny Borja Mayoral. Being shackled effectively by 38-year-old journeyman Cata Diaz isn't going to trouble Karim Benzema's sleep though.

Referee Iglesias Villanueva pointed to the spot and Asensio sent Jordi Codina the wrong way to open the scoring in the 63rd minute.

MF Francisco Feuillassier, NR - A player that barely registers for Castilla boss Santiago Solari but has crept up the pecking order under Zidane, Franchu is one to keep an eye on.