Real Madrid Reserves Drop Copa del Rey Return At Levante


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Brazil World Cup midfielder KAKA, who scored nine goals from 33 matches in all competitions last season for Real Madrid, attempts to negotiate the challenge of 22-year-old Levante Valencia defender HECTOR RODAS at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on the east coast of Spain. (Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images)
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COPA DEL REY
round of sixteen, second leg
January 6, 2011

2 – Levante Valencia ———— Xisco pen 62′, Sergio 86′
0 – Real Madrid

Even though an eight-goal deficit from the first leg was never, ever going to be overturned, a measure of respect was salvaged, nevertheless, as LEVANTE VALENCIA defeated the reserves of REAL MADRID 2-0 in the Copa del Rey, round of sixteen return leg.

Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO emptied the bench for Los Blancos and even recalled 22-year-old winger JUAN FRANCISCO MORENO FUERTES from Castilla, the real reserve team of Real Madrid that competes in the Spanish second division, and sent the youngster on a second half substitute.

Brazil World Cup midfielder KAKA, returning after a lengthy spell on the injury shelf following knee surgery, also appeared as a second half replacement in a second consecutive match for Real Madrid.

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Spanish U-21 international midfielder SERGIO CANALES (16) of Real Madrid attempts to get around the shield of Levante Valencia’s Spain international ASIER DEL HORNO (15), the one-time FC Chelsea defender who is on loan for the season from intra-city rival CF Valencia, at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. (Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images)
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LEVANTE VALENCIA : Munua ; del Horno, Rodas, Nano, Cerrajeria ; Valdo, Sergio, Ruben Suarez (Stuani 54′), Larrea (Lois 47′) ; Xisco, Rafa Jorda (Higon 76′)

REAL MADRID : Adan ; Garay, Carvalho (Pepe 46′), Mateos (Juanfran 71′), Arbeloa ; Sergio Canales, Gago, Granero, Khedira, Leon ; Benzema (Kaka 56′)

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(Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images)
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