The Los Blancos were held to a 2-2 draw by the visiting Numancia side at the Bernabeu as the away side were trying to prove a point in the tie. It was all Real’s to lose as the first leg gave the Spanish giants an advantage coming into the clash.
In the end, it ended 2-2 as both sides crawled themselves back into the game after going down on occasion. Despite all the actions, the match ended (2-2) two goals apiece as Numancia held firm for a draw at the glamorous Bernabeu Stadium.
Following this match, we take a look at some talking points from the Copa Del Rey tie.
Lucas Vasquez’s Response:
The Spanish forward who will be hoping for a place in the world cup by virtue of hard work, consistency and form towards the end of the season produced a massive response at home with two goals of his own.
Despite being pegged back by Numancia on two stances, the talented forward hit the back of the net twice to ensure that Real’s progress to the next round of the Copa Del Rey competition is not marred by a defeat.
The first of the goals was a well taken effort before he fired home the second to complete his brace from close range.
That was the kind of response the hosts needed as Vasquez offered light to his team on two occasions. With the absence of stars like Gareth Bale, Isco, Tom Kroos and talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Vasquez showed his significance to the Real’s course as he found the net twice to save the day irrespective of the opposition involved in the tie.
Numancia Deserves Credit:
The hosts were bookmakers’ favourites right from the onset but they faced an uphill task from the first instance.
However, even with the outcome of the first leg, they mustered some courage which is backed by some level of mental focus and tactical discipline to engage a high profile opposition like Real Madrid. This they did in aplomb as they managed a 2-2 draw at the famous Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Despite the fact that some of the regular faces in the Real’s set-up were absent, the visitors deserves some level of commendation for their effort in the tie as they bowed out of the Copa Del Rey competition with head held high this season.
Real Need Defensive Improvement:
Real Madrid have scored two goals in each of their last two games, thanks to braces from Gareth Bale and Lucas Vasquez, first one against Celta Vigo away from home and the second one at home against Numancia. But Real’s inability to win those games has its origin hinged on some level of incompetence.
This is ranging from defensive discipline (from the players especially the defenders meant to cover the danger areas) and defensive organization from the coach and technical bench.
This was evident in Los Blancos’ last 2 games which end all in a 2-2 score line against the aforementioned side in the New Year.
According to reports, Madrid are keen to make a move for on fire Mohamed Salah. However, based on recent outings, a potential defensive move might be credible and needful to salvage the season for Real Madrid.
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