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Real Madrid averts upset, beats Leganes 3-0 in Copa del Rey


Real Madrid avoided the upset this time, beating Leganes 3-0 on Wednesday to move closer to the last eight of the Copa del Rey.


Sergio Ramos netted his 100th career goal to put Madrid ahead, and Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior added to the lead.


Leganes had stunned its Madrid neighbor with a win at the Bernabeu nearly a year ago, but now it will need an even greater feat next week at home to pull off another shocker.


Madrid was coming off a 2-2 draw at Villarreal and a 2-0 home loss to Real Sociedad in the Spanish league, where it trails leader Barcelona by 10 points.


In front of a small crowd at the Bernabeu, Leganes had the better chances to open the scoring before Ramos broke the deadlock by converting a 44th-minute penalty, that was awarded after right back Alvaro Odriozola was brought down inside the area.


In other first-leg matches, Getafe defeated visiting Valladolid 1-0 with a stoppage-time goal by Angel Rodriquez, while Villarreal scored twice in the last 10 minute to salvage a 2-2 home draw against Espanyol.






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