Celta stuns Madrid 2-1 in 1st leg of Copa del Rey quarters


Published 5:39 p.m. ET Jan. 18, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago

MADRID (AP) — Celta Vigo took advantage of its breakaway chances in the second half to stun Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, handing Zinedine Zidane’s team its second consecutive defeat after a record run of 40 games unbeaten.

Iago Aspas netted off a counterattack in the 64th minute and set up Jonny Castro’s goal after another break in the 70th, one minute after Marcelo had equalized for the hosts at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Celta, which eliminated Atletico Madrid at this stage of last year’s tournament, needs a draw to advance in next week’s second leg in Vigo. Even a 1-0 loss would be enough at the Balaidos Stadium.

“We will need to play even better in Vigo because we are facing a great rival that will make it very difficult for us,” Celta coach Eduardo…

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