Thibaut Courtois shudders against Villarreal, but Real avoids the cup elimination with three goals after the break

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Real Madrid had to go deep to advance to the quarter-finals in the Copa del Rey. It converted a 2-0 deficit at half-time into a 2-3 victory at Villarreal.

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The Yellow Submarine had already foisted a second league defeat on the Royal 12 days ago and again got off to a strong start in the Estadio de la Ceramica with an early goal from Etienne Capoue (4′).

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Samuel Chukwueze (42′) added to Madrid’s headaches by doubling the margin at the end of the first half.


Vinicius Junior (57′) brought tension to the game again with more than half an hour left on the clock and Eder Militao (70′) made sure that everything could be completely redone.

Vinicius Junior initiates the resurrection. — © AFP

Eder Militao has brought Real Alongside: that deserves a hug. — © AP

Dani Ceballos (86′) completed the resurrection with the winning goal in the last minutes.

Ceballos scores the third Madrid goal. — © REUTERS

Thibaut Courtois defended the winning goal, while Eden Hazard was once again glued to the bench.

Barça had no problem with third division

Earlier in the evening, FC Barcelona qualified easily for the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. It effortlessly beat third division Ceuta with 0-5.

Raphinha (41′) cleared the path just before half time, Robert Lewandowski (50′ and 90′), Ansu Fati (70′) and Franck Kessie (77′) further expanded for the Catalans after the break, making the forfait score a fact was.

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