Favorite falls in the cup: Real and Barcelona fail

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After last year’s winner Valencia had already left the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Cup, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona now have two other high-caliber teams to pull the sail early – in tight games.

Spain’s football record champions Real Madrid and champions FC Barcelona surprisingly failed in the quarter-finals of the national cup. The Real team led by international player Toni Kroos lost 3: 4 (0: 1) to Real Sociedad San Sebastián in the Bernbéu Stadium after a spectacular second half. After that, Barcelona lost 0-1 (0-0) to Athletic Bilbao through a goal in injury time.

For Barça, Lionel Messi missed the great opportunity to take the lead in Bilbao in the 88th minute. This punished the Basque hosts by Inaki Williams (90. + 3), against whose header the German national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen was powerless in the Barcelona goal.

Negligent defensive behavior

The other Basque team from San Sebastián also fell a favorite. Real Martin, a Norwegian borrowed from Martin Ödegaard (22nd minute), took the breaks for the guests. The former Dortmund Alexander Isak with a double pack (54th / 56th) and Mikel Merino (69th) after presentation by Isak punished Real’s negligent defensive behavior. Another hit left Isak on the sidelines.

For the home side Marcelo (59.) scored in the meantime 1: 3. In the following urgent phase of the hosts, the Merino, who was also briefly active for Borussia Dortmund, made an apparent decision. The towering Isak was then allowed to leave the square. After an unrecognized real goal by Vinicius Junior (79.), Rodrygo (81.) and Nacho (90. + 3) shortened, the league leader failed to equalize against the table eighth.

Valencia CF, which won the Spanish Royal Cup last year, were eliminated in the quarter-finals against Granada on Wednesday. In the semifinals, the biggest outsider is second division Mirandes.

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