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December 8, 2013 2:30 AM IST
Estadio La Murta — Xàtiva
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 6200‎
 
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Real Madrid
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Real Madrid
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Olimpic Xativa 0-0 Real Madrid: Blancos left blunt by absences of Bale & Ronaldo

Carlo Ancelotti's men struggled terribly without their two most high-profile players in the first leg of their Copa del Rey clash with the third tier minnows

By SW Lim

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.
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Real Madrid were sensationally held to a 0-0 draw by Olimpic Xativa at La Murta on Saturday.

Free-scoring winger Gareth Bale missed the Copa del Rey first-leg clash due to a bout of flu, while Cristiano Ronaldo sat out the game through suspension, so coach Carlo Ancelotti opted for an attack consisting of Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez alongside Angel Di Maria.

Casemiro could have opened the scoring early on but he headed a Di Maria cross straight at Xativa custodian Francis, who collected comfortably.

The Brazilian midfielder's attempt was Madrid's only shot on target despite a dominant first period, as Los Blancos were comfortably contained by their spirited hosts.

Marcelo was introduced after the break to inject more impetus, but Isco missed a golden opportunity to fire his team into the lead when he sliced Di Maria's pass wide.

Isco was then thwarted by Francis on the hour-mark as the 30-year-old flew full-stretch to deny the former Malaga attacker.

Madrid's defence had been relatively untroubled by their opponents up until that point, but Xativa reminded Iker Casillas they were still in the match when Pepin next fired a rasping shot just over the bar.

Jese then saw his strike creep agonisingly past the post as Madrid sensed a breakthrough, but they just could not find a winner, with substitute Karim Benzema missing a gilt-edge chance to nick it for the visitors when as he toe-poked past the post late on.

Ancelotti's side may now have to call upon the likes of Bale and Ronaldo for the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on December 18 to seal their place in the next round.


CD Olímpic de Xàtiva

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Belda
Defender
2.50
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Kike Alcázar
Defender
70′
3.00
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3.00
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Peris
Defender
3.00
-
3.00
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J. Mosquera
Midfielder
 - 
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Jordi Marenyà
Midfielder
81′
2.50
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2.50
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Samu
Midfielder
2.50
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Denís
Midfielder
 - 

Real Madrid

3.00
1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
2.50
17
Arbeloa
Defender
46′
3.00
15
2.50
18
2.50
4
2.00
22
3.00
16
Casemiro
Midfielder
65′
3.00
24
3.50
23
Isco
Midfielder
74′
3.00
21
Morata
Striker
3.50
20

Substitutes

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Jacobo
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
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-
 - 
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Pau Franch
Striker
65′
2.50

Substitutes

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25
3.50
12
Marcelo
Defender
46′
 - 
3
Pepe
Defender
 - 
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
74′ 80′
3.00
9

Coach/Manager

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2.50

Coach/Manager

3.00
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atlético de Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2