James Rodriguez Adds To Zinedine Zidane's Injury Woes At Real Madrid

Los Blancos are 2-1 down after the first leg, and will be going into the second clash with a threadbare squad after the struggling Raphael Varane pulled out.

Zidane's squad, down 2-1 from the quarter-final first leg at home, has been hit by a series of injuries with Marcelo and Luka Modric joining Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Dani Carvajal and Pepe on the sidelines after limping off in Saturday's 2-1 win over Malaga.

Following his own-goal in the last round against Sevilla, Danilo became the first Madrid player ever to put the ball into his net twice during the same Copa campaign, but Zidane suggested that it had been mostly bad luck which had cost his side.

Real Madrid were knocked out of Copa del Rey on Wednesday after drawing (2-2) at Balaídos.

Substitute Lucas Vazquez equalized for Madrid, but there was no time left to score the crucial third goal.

Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Madrid player ratings 8/10 Ronaldo display doesn’t save Blancos from Copa del Rey exit

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But it could all have been so different had the Portuguese taken advantage of two golden chances that bounced off the post within seconds of each other with the game still goalless. "We are going to give everything and we will not throw it away at all". "We are disappointed but the boys played well and we ran out of time". The French boss praised his side's efforts after the 2-2 draw at Balaidos on Wednesday night (25 January) despite a failure to overturn the 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu last week.

'Maybe if we played a few more minutes we could have won it.

"It is a hard, but great game to play". The team now seems to have to focus on Champions League and La Liga.

Real have now failed to reach the Cup semi-finals for the last three years, losing to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 in 2015 and suffering a humiliating expulsion from last year's competition for fielding an ineligible player. But it was not possible, we have to accept it and think about the league, which is next.

However, it was Celta who came closest to scoring the game's fifth goal, with Castilla thwarting Jozabed from close range.

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Kuznetsova will next match up against former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, who defeated German Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4. At 15-15 and 5-2 in the second, she was still remonstrating with herself after missing a point.


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