Real Madrid’s three ‘unlikely heroes’ hailed after Copa comeback


Supporters of Real Madrid have flooded to social media this evening, to single a trio of the club’s stars out for special praise.

Carlo Ancelotti’s troops were of course back in action a short time ago.

After clinching the Spanish Super Cup at the weekend owing to a triumph over Athletic Club, Los Blancos turned their attentions back towards matters in the Copa del Rey, in a Last-16 meeting with Elche.

Few could have predicted, however, just how badly Real would go on to struggle up against the La Liga relegation battlers.

After both sides failed in their efforts to find the net over the course of the opening 90 minutes, it was Elche who looked primed to book their spot in the Copa quarter-finals deep into extra-time, when Marcelo’s dismissal was followed by an opener on the part of Gonzalo Verdu:

The quality boasted by the visitors, though, ultimately proved too much.

First, with 108 minutes on the clock, Isco levelled things up after being introduced off the bench, courtesy of an assist from fellow substitute Dani Ceballos.

And the impact of Real’s men in reserve did not end there, as Eden Hazard, with just five minutes remaining in a thrilling affair at the Estadio Martínez Valero, rounded Elche’s no.1 before slotting home in confident fashion to keep Ancelotti and co’s Copa hopes alive:

‘Unlikely heroes’

In turn, on the back of the action coming to a close on Thursday evening, it should come as little surprise to hear of a trio of Real’s stars being singled out for special praise post-match.

The players in question? Eden Hazard, Dani Ceballos and Isco.

So often the subjects of criticism on the part of the Blancos faithful, the substitutes saved their side’s blushes in a major way against Elche, with just some of the highlights from across social media showcased below:


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