Real Madrid Suffered Another Defeat As Liverpool Progress Ton FA Cup 4th Round [REPORT]

Just four days after losing their record 40-game unbeaten run to Sevilla, Spanish giants, Real Madrid have suffered a second defeat on the bounce on Wednesday as Celta Vigo took a vital 2-1 first leg lead from their Copa del Rey quarterfinal clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane named a strong XI for the tie with Cristiano Ronaldo making his first appearance in the Copa del Rey for two years, but his side  failed to come to the party in the Spanish capital.

Ronaldo had to wait until 33 minutes for his first clear sight of goal, but failed to make a clean connection with Sergio Ramos’s cut-back, and Jonny was able to clear from underneath his own crossbar.

After a lackluster first half shot on goal mouth action, Celta got the opener with 20 minutes of the second period played when Marcelo’s miscued clearance found Iago Aspas alone inside the area and he rifled the ball high past Kiko Casilla for his 15th goal of the season.

Madrid rallied and were immediately rewarded when Marcelo made amends with a brilliant volley from the edge of the box to level the tie.

However Celta were soon back in front as a huge hole appeared in the middle of the Madrid defence and Aspas teed up Jonny to bear down on goal and shot coolly past Casilla.

Elsewhere, two late goals from Ibai Gomez handed Alaves a 2-0 first-leg win at second division Alcorcon.

Meanwhile, Liverpool recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory at fourth-tier underdogs Plymouth Argyle in Wednesday’s FA Cup third-round replay.

Stand-in captain Lucas Leiva, playing at centre-back, met countryman Philippe Coutinho’s 18th-minute corner with a firm near-post header to settle the tie after Plymouth had drawn 0-0 at Anfield to force the replay.

Liverpool’s Belgian striker Divock Origi squandered a late penalty to put the tie beyond doubt, his effort saved by home goalkeeper Luke McCormick.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will host second-tier Wolverhampton Wanderers in round four on January 28.

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