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The comeback saw Los Blancos avoid an embarrassing repeat of last year’s Copa del Rey early exit

REAL MADRID avoided another embarrassing Copa del Rey opening match last 32 as they staged a late comeback to beat the Alcoyano cults 3-1.

Real suffer first defeat same period with the same side last year, lost 2-1 after extra time.

Real Madrid avoided an embarrassing repeat of last year's Copa del Rey exit with a 3-1 win at Alcoyano

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Real Madrid avoided an embarrassing repeat of last year’s Copa del Rey exit with a 3-1 win at AlcoyanoCredit: AFP
The Monks took out Real at the same stage last year but a late comeback shut down Los Blancos in the next leg

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The Monks took out Real at the same stage last year but a late comeback shut down Los Blancos in the next legCredit: EPA

And Alcoyano looks set to face another sadness after leveling after just 25 minutes of play.

But Real soon scored two goals to book their next leg and went on to win the Copa del Rey for the first time since 2014.

Carlo Ancelotti was present for the last time Real lifted the famous Spanish championship trophy.

And he avoided the temptation to deliver a second series on Wednesday, with the likes of David Alaba, Casemiro and Player Eden Hazard all started.

But Real struggled in the first half as they struggled to find rhythm.

And it was not until the 39th minute that Eder Militao was able to burn the Los Blancos net away from home.

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But Alcoyano fans dared to dream of a second consecutive shock when Daniel Cintas equalized in the 66th minute.

Ancelotti quickly made changes when launching big stars including Toni Kroos and Isco to save the result.

But it was Marco Asensio who scored in the 76th minute to rescue Real.

And Alcoyano was completely transformed right after that when Jose Juan himself kicked the ball into his own net to own an own goal.

Real then played skillfully in the remaining minutes, removing everything from the game.

And a sigh of relief came from the visitors when the final whistle blew, with Real’s 3-1 win seeing them bounce back from Sunday’s 1-0 LaLiga loss to Getafe.

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But Ancelotti now has only a few days to prepare his team for Saturday’s clash with Valencia.

Real will then go to fierce competition Barcelona in a week’s time for their Supercopa semi-final at the Nou Camp.

And with Sevilla able to cut the top of the table to just 2 points, Real’s season has really begun.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17234058/real-madrid-alcoyano-copa-del-rey/ The comeback saw Los Blancos avoid an embarrassing repeat of last year’s Copa del Rey early exit

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