MADRID (Reuters) -Ten-man Real Madrid overcame a hostile environment and fought again from a goal down in extra-time to beat Elche 2-1 on Thursday and attain the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Following a scoreless 90 minutes, Elche took the lead with a free kick earned with Real right down to 10 males after Marcelo was despatched off for a foul on Tete Morente.
Experienced defender Gonzalo Verdu struck the free kick into the wall however his second effort deflected off Dani Ceballos and wrong-footed goalkeeper Andriy Lunin earlier than ending up at the back of the online.
Real grabbed the equaliser when Isco deflected a Ceballos shot contained in the field and substitute Eden Hazard scored the winner on a counter-attack after receiving a through ball from David Alaba, rounding the goalkeeper and ending into an empty internet.
The match resulted in controversy as Elche discovered the online within the final minute of extra-time, however the referee disallowed the hassle for a foul within the build-up.
After the lengthy journey dwelling from Saudi Arabia the place Real gained the Spanish Super Cup remaining towards Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Sunday, supervisor Carlo Ancelotti rested a number of first-team regulars.
“It’s an enormous accomplishment to come-from-behing right down to 10 males,” Real defender Nacho Fernandez instructed reporters.
“It was a protracted sport however they’ve defended very well. We are completely happy. We fought till the top, even with adversity. I believe we need to advance.”
Real Madrid joined Real Sociedad, Valencia, Real Betis, Rayo Vallecano, Mallorca and Cadiz within the quarter-finals. Athletic Bilbao host Barcelona within the final round-of-16 sport afterward Thursday.
(Reporting by Fernando Kallas, enhancing by Ed Osmond)