Copa Del Rey match report Fuenlabrada v Real Madrid 26 October 2017
Posted: 26 October 2017 Time: 23:22
Real Madrid recorded a 2-0 win over Fuenlabrada in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 32 tie.
As expected, Zinedine Zidane made several changes to the side as Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Nacho were the only first team regulars included in the line-up.
Los Blancos enjoyed most of the possession in the opening stages of the first half, but they found it tough to create chances in the final third.
Real had to wait until the 41st minute for an opening when the ball dropped for Marcos Llorente in the box, however the Fuenlabrado defenders threw their bodies in the way to make the block.
Llorente went close four minutes later, as his half-volley from close range was tipped around the post by goalkeeper Jordi Codina.
After a quiet start to the second half, Real were awarded a penalty in the 61st minute when Achraf Hakimi was brought down. Asensio stepped up and made no mistake from 12-yards out, 0-1.
Los Blancos pushed for a second goal and they were nearly rewarded in the 71st minute as Borja Mayoral's glancing header was superbly tipped away by Codina.
10 minutes later, Real were awarded another penalty as Theo Hernandez was brought down by Paco Candela, who picked up his second yellow for the foul and was sent off. Vazquez calmly slotted home the spot-kick to double his side's lead, 0-2.
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.
Nevertheless, the score remained 2-0 to the visitors, who now take a healthy lead into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.