Alcoyano 2-1 Real Madrid, Copa del Rey: results, summary and goals
Alcoyano 2-1 Real Madrid: as it happened
Barcelona are in action against third tier opposition in this round of the Copa del Rey - check out if they do better than Real Madrid did...
Real Madrid bosses are extremely worried about Zidane's approach, particularly with regard to the younger players, but sources have indicated to this newspaper that he is not going to be sacked right now. The club are keen to see how the team performs in the Champions League...
Zidane back on the managerial tightrope at the Bernabéu...
Alfredo Relaño takes a look at Real Madrid's disastrous defeat to Alcoyano and says Zidane is guilty of taking the Copa del Rey for granted.
This was pretty bad... but was it Zidane's worst defeat EVER at Real Madrid?
Zinedine Zidane post-match: "I take full responsibility"
“Well, the truth is that we tried. The players have given everything, we had chances to score the second goal. It is a difficult moment, we are out of the cup, we had to do something else, but the players tried."
"I am the coach, the responsibility is mine, I will assume it as always. If we score the second goal, it's another game. Football is like this. Their keeper made two or three saves. The second goal wouldn't go in. I hold the responsibility. The players went for it and we are out."
José Juan - the 41-year-old goalkeeper - was immense for Alcoyano in tonight's shock win over Real Madrid.
Zidane post-match: "This is not a shameful defeat. This can happen ... These are things that can happen in a footballer's career."
Madrid have written one of the most embarrassing pages in their history. Alcoyano discovered and exploited every weakness of a team adrift that no longer even has substitutes who are willing to fight for themselves. Zidane has fatally damaged a squad that has lost all hunger and pride for the shirt. Alcoyano have made history, paying tribute to their motto. Their fighting spirit was pure gold and, playing with a man down, left Madrid shame-faced. Let 2021 end now. Zidane's luck has run out forever.
Supporters watch on in Alcoy tonight as Alcoyano record their biggest win in the club's history, knocking out Real Madrid in the 115th minute of extra time.
Zidane's dismal record continues
Zinedine Zidane has never won the Copa del Rey as a Real Madrid player or coach. He has previously described the defeat to Leganés in the 2017-18 Copa del Rey quarter-final as his worst ever match in charge. Tonight will be even more painful for the French coach.
Alcoyano advance with 10 men!
The result is even more impressive when you consider that Alcoyano broke in the 115th and scored the winning goal with just 10 men on the pitch, after Ramón López was sent off in the 109th minute.
Andriy Lunin and Victor Chust came in for their Madrid debuts, but it's a bittersweet night for both men.
Some huge performances from the Alicante side tonight, including goalkeeper Jose Juan and match-winner Juanan.
Alcoyano head for the last 16 of the Copa del Rey! Real Madrid are knocked out in their first game of this year's competition.
Amazing achievement from the Segunda B outfit who celebrate arguably their biggest ever result in the history of the club.
AET: Alcoyano 2-1 Real Madrid
AND THEY'VE DONE IT!
ALCOYANO have knocked Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey!
Incredible result for the Third Division club!
Goal kick for Alcoyano!
The Brazilian goes down!
Marcelo buries a shot into row Z!
Over two hours of football played now!
The home side run down the clock
Alcoyano lead Real Madrid 2-1
Less than 60 seconds remaining...
Valverde puts it into touch! Alcoyano are almost there!
Zidane looks very nervous on the sideline as the Alcoyano dugout screams their team on!
TWO minutes left in extra time!
Asensio crosses and it's straight into Jose Juan's hands!
We have another huge Copa del Rey shock on our hands!
The Segunda B side have taken the lead from being 1-0 down. Unbelievable turnaround!
Incredible scenes here in Alicante!
Alcoyano 2-1 Real Madrid - JUANAN SCORES!
More pressure from Madrid but Jose Juan pushed away yet again.
Seven minutes left!
Huge effort now from the Segunda B side, with several players out on their feet.
Valverde blasts a shot over! Alcoyano breathe.
Cleared away by the home side. Madrid go again. Under 10 minutes left in Alicante.
The Alcoyano subs have become extremely vocal giving a fan-like feel in the stands.
Madrid continue looking for a way through the defence but struggle and Asensio kicks it out for a throw.
Lucas Vázquez shoots from distance again, but it's straight into Jose Juan's hands.
The second half begins! 15 minutes left. If no one scores we head for penalties!
Meanwhile, 41-year-old Jose Juan in the Alcoyano goal has been outstanding tonight.
If it does go to penalties, I wonder will Zidane stick with debutant Lunin in goal or bring on Thibaut Courtois.
Half time in extra time: Alcoyano 1-1 Real Madrid
Kroos shoots! It's blocked and Madrid build again. Alcoyano now sitting deep and very compact.
We've seen some giant-killings in this year's Copa. Could we have another tonight?
3 minutes to half time in extra time!
Asensio goes down in the box. Referee waves it on. Was very soft.
8 players are up for it. Header is saved by Lunin!
We're now into the 100th minute!
Double change for Madrid coming up!
Madrid starting to slow things down again - looking to play patiently. Both teams have made changes but will begin to tire.
The French coach once said his worst match as Madrid coach was the defeat to Leganés in the Copa del Rey in 2017-18.
Zidane doesn't have a good record in the Copa del Rey. Defeat tonight would arguably be his worst defeat as Madrid boss.
Scrappy start to extra time here. Alcoyano sitting very deep.
Toni Kroos is now warming up. Zidane is bringing on the big guns.
Real Madrid change:
And we're underway in extra time!
Madrid failed to create any clear-cut chances in the second half, even with Benzema coming in the 67th minute. Full credit to Alcoyano for not giving up.
Alcoyano grabbed their equaliser through Solbes in the 81st minute. The Segunda B side have taken Madrid to extra time.
And we're heading for extra time at El Collao!
FT: Alcoyano 1-1 Real Madrid
Madrid have one last chance to avoid extra time!
60 seconds to go!
A nasty clash of heads has stopped play for the last couple of minutes.
What a comeback from the home side against the Spanish champions!
It will be extra time if neither side fails to score in the next two minutes.
We have three minutes of added-on time in the 90.
Vázquez crosses but Jose Juan comes out to catch. Brilliant performance from the 41-year-old in goal tonight.
The teams are level at 1-1
We're now heading into the 90th minute.
Madrid players screaming for a penalty for handball but it's waved off.
Foul on Casemiro just outside the box! Danger for Alcoyano
Huge save from Jose Juan to keep Madrid out!
Looks like the pitch is cutting up even more. It wasn't fantastic to start with.
We need a winner tonight so don't go away! Make another cup of tea!
Marco Asensio is warming up for Madrid!
We'll be heading for extra time if it stays 1-1
The home side have equalised with just 10 minutes to go.
The ball is sent in, goes straight through the box and falls to Solbes at the back post to tap in!
Alcoyano have another corner!
Lunin slaps the corner away!
The free is sent into the box, comes off a Madrid player and now it's out for a corner.
Free-kick to the home side!
"Vamos, vamos" are the shouts from the home team's dugout. They aren't giving up just up!
Just under 20 to go in tonight's Copa del Rey tie. Madrid are holding on to their narrow 1-0 lead. Alcoyano have failed to really threaten tonight but are doing themselves proud.
A Marcelo overhead kick is cleared and goes out for a Madrid corner.
With Benzema on, Madrid now have a focal point in attack.
Karim Benzema enters the fray as Madrid look to double their lead. Frustrating night for Mariano.
OFF - Mariano
ON - Benzema
Primi is down holding his face after an elbow from Mariano. The forward is getting away with it.
Isco dummies to get his shot away but it's blocked. Sometimes he just takes too much out of it.
Tonight would have been a sell-out in the 4,850 seater stadium for the visit of Madrid.
It remains 1-0 to Madrid as we pass the hour mark in Alicante. Tonight is essentially a Madrid B team.
Triple sub for Alcoyano now.
Zidane may make some changes to see this one out.
Karim Benzema is warming up!
Lunin punches to clear, doesn't go very far and it's his ball again. Madrid build from the back.
I don't think anyone could have imagined Lucas Vázquez having the season that he is. Has been outstanding at right-back and right-midfield.
Corner Madrid! Alcoyano clear. 1-0 to Madrid with 10 gone in the second half.
Not a bad stop from the 41-year-old in nets!
Super strike from distance from Lucas Vázquez. Well saved from Jose Juan in the Alcoyano goal.
Benzema is Zidane's first-choice striker. With the departure of Jovic to Eintracht Frankfurt we can expect to see a little more of Mariano in a Real Madrid shirt.
Mariano strikes! It's an easy save down to Jose Juan's left.
Madrid debutants Lunin and Chust have hardly been tested so far tonight.
Quick reminder if you missed our first half coverage: Eder Militao put Madrid ahead with a header from a Marcelo cross.
Alcoyano do have experience knocking out Primera teams - beating Huesca 2-1 in the previous round.
The Spanish champions dominated the opening half against Alcoyano. Let's see if the home side will press a little bit higher and take more risks in this half.
Madrid lead 1-0 in this Copa del Rey round of 32 clash.
And we're underway for the second half in Alicante.
There won't be any half time changes.
The teams are back out on the pitch!
Madrid couldn't have scored at a better time as Militao's bullet came just on half time. Makes Zidane's team talk slightly more relaxed now.
Half time: Alcoyano 0-1 Real Madrid
Superb cross from Marcelo and the centre-back buries his header home.
The main concern for the home side will be tiring out in the second half. Madrid's dominance will eventually cause concentration levels to drop.
Latest possession: 28% - 72% Madrid
The tight pitch is suiting the Segunda B side tonight. Madrid are finding it difficult to play out wide.
The home side have committed 13 fouls. Real Madrid just the 2 so far.
Seven minutes until half time and it's 0-0 in Alicante.
The ref has a word with Alcoyano defender Raúl. The Madrid Raúl tested positive for covid-19 yesterday. We wish him a speedy recovery!
Super turn from Lucas Vazquez, Primi comes across to block the danger.
Juanan receives a booking!
Lunin saves! Great save to deny the home side.
Jose Juan in goal for Alcoyano is 41! And out he comes for another easy catch. Poor free from Isco.
Madrid's best play has come down the left wing. They continue to look for their Brazilian duo Marcelo and Vinicius to conjure up something.
Zidane is asking more of Mariano up front for Madrid. The French coach has never won the Copa del Rey as a player or as a manager. He has won everything else though!
Almost 30 minutes into to this one and it remains 0-0.
Isco with some nice play just outside the box. Goes wide to Odriozola, but the full-back can't break past Jona.
Breaking news on Martin Odegaard!
Arsenal are interested in bringing him to north London and have made an approach.
Madrid with all the possession so far. The home side are inviting trouble.
Alcoyano soak up more pressure, but haven't yet tested Lunin in Madrid's goal. Lunin makes his debut two and a half years after signing for Los Blancos.
For a January night, the pitch isn't the worse I've ever seen. It's definitely better than Madrid experienced a couple of weeks ago against Osasuna in a freezing cold Pamplona.
Fede Valverde has been quiet so far. Zidane will be hoping for more from the Uruguayan.
Danger cleared from the corner. The Segunda B side will be pleased with their start.
More good play from Vinicius but Alberto Rubio sniffs out the danger and it's another corner.
Jony is playing in midfield for the home side, brother of Atlético midfielder Saúl.
Militao heads it but its straight into Jose Juan's hands.
Lots of play down Madrid's left side with Marcelo and Vinicius combining. Madrid patiently building from the back and through Casemiro in midfield. Toinght is also a chance for Isco to show what he can do.
Definitely not a penalty. Marcelo runs into his opponent and it's a goal-kick.
Marcelo goes down in the box!
Alcoyano have been very organised so far. Madrid have yet to have any clear chances.
Nacho Fernández was ruled out of Real Madrid's team tonight due to Covid-19 protocols.
Marcelo to take the throw-in. The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Monaco this week.
It's been all Madrid in the opening 5 minutes. Alcoyano have set out with a flat 4-4-2.
Chust isn't the tallest defender but is highly regarded, having played under Raúl at Castilla. It will be interesting to see if he is tested tonight.
Mariano is leading the line for Los Blancos tonight.
Poor cross from Isco and the home side clear.
Isco to take!
Victor Chust gets his first touch for Real Madrid!
Madrid are playing from right to left as we watch it!
And we're underway!
The players are out on the pitch in Alicante. 3 minutes away!
Real Madrid's starting XI tonight:
- 13 Andriy Lunin
- 32 Victor Chust
- 12 Marcelo
- 19 Álvaro Odriozola
- 3 Eder Militao
- 14 Casemiro
- 15 Federico Valverde
- 22 Isco
- 20 Vinicius Junior
- 24 Mariano
- 17 Lucas Vázquez
Just under 10 minutes until kick-off. Can Zidane guide Real Madrid to his first ever Copa del Rey triumph or do we have another giantkilling on our hands?
Kick-off at Collao is in just over 20 minutes' time. Follow all the Copa action with us right here on AS English.
Alcoyano without Raíllo and Garcés
The third-tier hosts are without Manuel Raíllo and Rubén Garcés tonight, but the rest of the squad are available to play against Los Blancos.
Jony Ñíguez, brother of Atlético midfielder Saúl starts, while 41-year-old goalkeeper José Figueras starts between the sticks.
Jona, who missed the weekend's game against Hércules returns to the starting line-up.
Andriy Lunin makes debut in goal for Madrid
943 days after joining Los Blancos, the Ukrainian shot-stopper is finally set for his first-team debut.
Victor Chust starts in Real Madrid debut
The 20-year-old is a promising defender and due to several absentees at centre-back, he comes in alongside Militao at the heart of the defence.
Zidane's thoughts ahead of tonight's match:
"It's not a potential banana skin because Alcoyano have already knocked a Primera team out. We've seen what is happening in the competition and we have to be 100% at it. We know what we're going to come up against".
"It is clear that it's not a competition that lies. There have been a lot of surprises in the cup, it's always been like this, it's the same in most countries. Smaller teams have the opportunity to play against a big one and they give their all. We have to be ready because there are no easy competitions or matches. Never".
Excitement for the cup
"We're excited to have the chance of winning something. We work to try to win things, in any competition, but we work everyday to be ready, we train to try to win matches. You can't always win, but we prepare for that. Thanks for reminding me that I haven't won it, and that's why we're excited about winning it".
Chust debut for Madrid
20-year-old defender Victor Chust makes his Real Madrid debut tonight.
Real Madrid starting XI vs Alcoyano:
Lunin - Odriozola, Chust, Militao, Marcelo - Casemiro, Valverde, Isco - Lucas V, Vinicius Jr, Mariano.
Zidane has yet to win the Copa del Rey as a Madrid manager
The French coach has never taken Madrid further than the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey and will be aiming for greater things in 2020-21.
While failing to win the competition as a coach, he never lifted the Copa del Rey as a Madrid player either, losing two finals to Deportivo and Real Zaragoza.
Real Madrid squad news:
Victor Chust and Eder Militao are the only available centre-backs in the Madrid squad for tonight's cup fixture.
Nacho has been ruled out of the game at Alcoyano due to covid-19 protocols. The defender was deemed a close contact of someone who tested positive for coronavirus and was subsequently cut from Zidane's 20-man group for the game in Alicante.
The 31-year-old has reportedly tested negative himself but was unable to travel as he awaited the result of a second PCR test.
With Raphael Varane rested and Sergio Ramos absent due to injury, Eder Militao and Victor Chust of Castilla are the only centre-backs left in Zidane's squad.
Tonight's venue: El Collao
Alcoyano's El Collao is a 4,850-seater stadium, however, with the ongoing coronavirus restrictions in Spain, there won't be any supporters in the ground tonight.
Does Martin Odegaard have a future at Real Madrid?
The biggest news coming out of the Real Madrid camp in the last 24 hours is the omission of Martin Odegaard from tonight's matchday squad.
AS understands that the Norwegian trained as normal in Tuesday's session with no aches and pains which suggests that the decision not to take the player to Alcoy is purely a decision by head coach Zidane.
Kroos: "I would have kept Lopetegui"
Toni Kroos spoke before tonight's cup clash about Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui's short stint at the Santiago Bernabéu.
“Lopetegui's dismissal was the one that hurt me the most personally because he is a first-rate coach and person. He just had a shit moment when he became a coach here. I was very happy for him when he won the Europa League with Sevilla. He deserved it,” the Real Madrid midfielder said in an interview on German podcast Einfach mal Luppen.
Alcoyano vs Real Madrid: how and where to watch
Below you will find all the information you need to know on how and where to watch Alcoyano host Real Madrid at El Collao in the Copa del Rey.
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After defeating Laredo and Huesca en route to the last 32, Alcoyano take on a Real Madrid team that are not at their best, after being beaten by Athletic Club in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final.
Alcoyano vs Real Madrid live: welcome
Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of this Copa del Rey round of 32 clash as Alcoyano host Real Madrid at El Collao. Kick-off is at 21:00 CEST.