Real Madrid just managed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after a largely unconvincing and tense hard-fought draw against Spanish third tier side Fuenlabrada at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zidane chose to field an extremely youthful side, comprising largely of youth players. Infact, it was an entirely different starting XI to the one that started against Malaga last week and Keylor Navas and Gareth Bale were the only players in the squad who could be considered starting XI regulars.

Luis Milla opened the scoring in the 25th minute and Real struggled to get back into the game for the rest of the first half. Real equalised in the second half and doubled their lead 8 minutes later. That proved to be enough for Los Blancos and Alvaro Portilla’s 89th minute goal was only a mere consolation.

Borja Mayoral, who has barely featured for Real this season turned saviour on the night by scoring both of his side’s goals.

But it was Gareth Bale who stole the spotlight. The Welshman came on from the substitutes bench after the hour mark and played his first La Liga match in over 2 months. It was a masterclass from the 28-year-old, who created both of Real’s equalizers.

However, fans had a few thigns to say about their manager’s decisions after watching this performance.

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