Unionistas 1-3 Real Madrid: Gareth Bale achieves the first goal since September 1 but hardly celebrates before the two late attacks of Brahim Diaz secure a hard-fought victory in Copa del Rey
- ] Really deserved a hard-fought victory over the Spanish third-rank Unionists of Salamanca
- Troubled Bale broke the deadlock with a deflected attempt in the 18th minute
- Alvaro Romero led brilliantly, but Brahim Diaz struck five minutes later
- The former attacker of Manchester City reappeared at death to seal the victory
Brahim Diaz – the former attacker of Manchester City who refuses to go on loan – Real Madrid sent the last 16 of the Spanish cup with braces after they were afraid of Unionista & # 39; s in the third row.
Gareth Bale gave Madrid a lead before he left injured and when the minnows led it was left to 20-year-old Brahim to ensure that there was no embarrassing cup exit.
His first was an awkward attempt, bundled in a cross on the far post, but his second was mazy dribble and shot with the close control and finish that made him definitely all Real Madrid's attempts to get him to reject another club.
Brahim joined Real Madrid in January 2019 for 17 million euros, but has not started any league games this season. Getafe would like to take him on loan, but he wants to stay in Madrid and believe that if he only plays in the Madrid cup race, it will do him more good than an enchantment elsewhere.
He did not reach the starting line in this game, but made the most of his time when he came.
First Bale showed his class with the opening goal, but a clearly muffled celebration suggested that he was far from happy.
He took the ball on his chest in the mid-first half area and saluted it past Brais Pereiro into the home team's goal, but had to be brought by teammates in any kind of celebration. Midfielder Casemiro hugged him after his goal, but there was hardly a smile from the Welshman who eventually left for seven minutes in the second half.
After Bale broke the deadlock in 18 minutes, another player was left out at the weekend by Zinedine Zidane, James Rodriguez, who reached the top when Madrid tried to double their lead.
It was not all Madrid in the first half. They had second choice goalkeeper Alphonse Aerola in goal and he saved from Juan Gongora.
At the restart it was Bale who almost created the second for Madrid when he ran to the right and pulled the ball back to Vinicius. The Brazilian hit the ball to Karim Benzema and when he could not finish it was left to James Rodriguez. It should have been the moment when Madrid doubled their lead, but James & tame shot was saved.
It was Bale's last meaningful contribution before he was deposed in 52 minutes. Brahim came to replace him and 10 minutes later he bundled Marcelo & # 39; s cross to put Madrid back after Alvaro Romero had stunned Madrid with the equalizer at 57 minutes.
The 23-year-old left wing carried the ball from the center line to the edge of the area and with Militao, Nacho and Dani Carvajal all kicking back, he shot past Areola from the penalty area.
Brahim's quick reaction meant that the feasts of the Unionists were short-lived. It was the strangest finish where the former Manchester City man stumbled across the cross but somehow sent it past Pereiro. A corner from the left fell on the foot of Carlos de la Nava. He tried to lead it past Areola, but the French keeper saved brilliantly on his line. James was taken off when Madrid wobbled. The Colombian seemed less happy with the change.
Luka Jovic also came to replace Benzema, but his luck for the goal has still not changed. He missed a clear opportunity after rebounding a Vinicius shot.
Brahim remained the brightest spark for Madrid and he finally got the third with a nice run and shot in the right wing. The goals will mean that some teams will redouble their efforts to give him on loan, but they can also make his decision to stay rigid.
Their players earn only £ 20,000 a year, they are owned by a small group of fans and their stadium has only 20 minutes of hot water … now Gareth Bale and Real Madrid visit small minnows of Unionistas de Salamanca
- Real Madrid trip to take on Unionistas de Salamanca in the Copa del Rey
- The competition takes place Wednesday night in Unionistas & # 39; small 3000 seater stadium
- Sportsmail watched the huge gap between the two clubs
Real Madrid traveling to minnows Unionistas de Salamanca on Wednesday evening if they want to keep their Copa del Rey hope in a stadium with only 3,000 people.
Unionistas were founded from the axis of UD Salamanca, a historical and famous side that was the local club of Vicente del Bosque. Fans from the old club came together to take care of the setting.
Now they have the chance to beat Real for their own fans. Sportsmail has watched the huge gap between the two clubs.
Total spent time in Spain's top flight?
Real Madrid : 89 years
Unionistas : UD Salamanca spent 12 years in the first division before he went bankrupt in 2013 It is now Unionistas & # 39; dream to reach those heights.
They are currently in one of the third-row regional groups, but they are heading in the right direction after three impressive promotions of amateur, regional football where they started.
Madrid : 3.3 million
Salamanca : 140,000
General wage bill for the season?
Real : Sporting Intelligence figures published by Ma rca had the average annual salary at Real Madrid at the end of 2019 at € 10 million (£ 8.4 million).
Unionists : Here the average player's annual salary is approximately € 24,000 (£ 20,000)
The club is part of the Common Goal project – Juan Mata & # 39; s project where players donate 1 percent of their salaries to charities?
Real : No
Unionists : Yes
] Real : Hala Madrid, played before the game as opposed to sung by the fans.
Unionists : Every match they sing the old UD Salamanca anthem to honor the club.
Real : The green sheet of the Santiago Bernabeu kept in perfect condition by former Arsenal site man Paul Burgess.
] Unionistas : About 53 volunteers take care of the field in Las Pistas. On Monday it was covered with a blanket of snow, but it will be match-ready on Wednesday evening.
Real : Gareth Bale seems to have been omitted on the weekend against Seville. Spain internationals Isco and Dani Carvajal should also be part of a strong team.
Unionistas : Winger Piojo has already warned the Galaticos: & There is only enough hot water in the stadium for 20 minutes, so the last after the game will take cold showers. & # 39;
His teammate Javi Navas revealed: & # 39; If we have been told by some of the players to have the date of the game tattooed, I will dye my hair white. & # 39;
Already celebrating, boys? Players of the Spanish club Salamanca unionists of the third row, which were formed only in 2013, go wild after they have signed giants Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey
- Third row Spanish club Salamanca Unionists are faced with Real Madrid in the cup
- Players on the side of the Second Division B seemed to be over it
- The club released a video of the parties on their Twitter feed on Tuesday
Spanish club members from the third row were pulled from Salamanca against LaLiga giants Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday – and they seemed overjoyed.
Players of Salamanca Unionists, who were formed only in 2013, went wild after being set up against Zinedine Zidane .
The club released a video of the parties on their Twitter feed on Tuesday afternoon.
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The team watched the Copa del Rey drawing on television and after Real Madrid was pulled out, players celebrated as if they had already won
Players jumped around onlookers and recorded the jubilant scenes on camera
] Salamanca Unionists of Segunda Division B – Group 2, defeating the Deportivo de La Coruna 8-7 on penalties after a 1-1 draw every third round of the competition.
They started their run in the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 win over Athletic Balearics of the Second Division – Group 1 on December 17.
Unionists of Salamanca organizes Madrid in the week that starts on Monday, January 20.
Madrid & # 39; s rivals Barcelona were attracted to Ibiza and Atletico Madrid will face cultural Leones.