Injury-hit Real wait on Ronaldo for Cup comeback

Celta are also enjoying a fine season and Real were severely hampered by injuries with Zidane missing seven first-team regulars in total for Wednesday's second leg.

However, that changed on 44 minutes when Danilo scored an own goal after the ball struck him on its way out from a Kiko Casilla save from John Guidetti.

Real Madrid tried all they could towards the end of the encounter, but Celta Vigo's defense did not allow any gaffe as Lon Blancos failed to join their arch rivals Barcelona in the semi-final.

Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez headed in Real's second but it was not enough.

But with his side top of LaLiga and in the Champions League last-16, Zidane is refusing to panic. We are going to keep on with this approach and we are still in two other competitions.

"We need to work and bounce back".

'I'm responsible for this team and we are going to continue in the same way. Today I can only but congratulate them all because we put in a great display.

It must be tough being a Real Madrid fan - supporting one of the world's biggest and best clubs that have won 11 European Cups and 32 domestic league titles. We have to score and play our game.

"The Champions League and La Liga remain the most important competitions". "We tried everything, but they found two goals, not by luck, but with them, the game swung from one side to another and we couldn't [find the winner]", Vasquez told reporters.

Last season, Real Madrid were kicked out of Copa del Rey play for fielding an ineligible player, Denis Cheryshev, in the early rounds.

"I don't think we were disorganised".

Real Madrid have come crashing back down to earth in recent weeks after a euphoric 2016 and must now cope with a long injury list as they try to limit the fallout from Wednesday's King's Cup exit when they host Real Sociedad this weekend. Enrich's neat volley from inside the area was set up by Leon only a few seconds after both players had entered the match as second-half substitutes.

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