Hazard extra time goal puts 10-man Madrid in Copa quarterfinals

Real Madrid's Eden Hazard, left, duels for the ball with Elche's goalkeeper Axel Werner as he scores his side's second goal during a Copa del Rey soccer match between Elche and Real Madrid at Martinez Valero stadium in Elche, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (Alberto Saiz/AP)

MADRID -- Eden Hazard scored late in extra time to help 10-man Real Madrid rally to a 2-1 win over Elche in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Thursday.

Elche took the lead moments after Madrid defender Marcelo was sent off late in the first half of extra time. Isco Alarcon and Hazard scored in the second half to send Madrid into the quarterfinals.

Hazard, who hasn't played much this season under coach Carlo Ancelotti, came on at the start of extra time and scored in the final minutes on a breakaway from near the midfield line. He picked up a pass by David Alaba and got around the goalkeeper before finding the open net for his first goal with Madrid since May.

Hazard himself thought he was offside and hesitated to celebrate at first but the goal was confirmed after a video review.

Gonzalo Verdu has scored for Elche with a shot from outside the area that fooled Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin after deflecting on defender Dani Ceballos.

The goal came following a free kick that prompted the red card to Marcelo as he fouled a defender from behind to stop a counterattack. Madrid loudly complained against the call, claiming the Brazilian left back didn't touch the Elche player.

Madrid responded when Isco redirected a shot by Ceballos inside the area after being set up by Casemiro.

Elche thought it had equalized just before the final whistle but the goal was called back because of a foul on a defender inside the area.

Madrid is seeking its first Copa title since 2013-14. It was stunned by third-division club Alcoyano in the round of 16 last season while still under coach Zinedine Zidane. Madrid had last made it to the Copa quarterfinals in 2020.

Elche was playing in the round of 16 for the first time since 2014-15.

Madrid was coming off triumph in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, where it beat Barcelona in the semifinals and Athletic Bilbao in the final.

Ancelotti left goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, defender Eder Militao and striker Karim Benzema, Madrid's leading scorer this season, off the squad for Thursday's game. Gareth Bale returned following a long injury layoff but stayed on the bench.

Defending Copa champions Barcelona later visits Athletic in a rematch of last year's final.

The other teams to reach the quarterfinals are Mallorca, Cadiz, Rayo Vallecano, Valencia, Real Betis and Real Sociedad, which eliminated defending Spanish champion Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.


Getafe defeated Granada 4-2 at home for its third win in its last four Spanish league matches.

The result moved the Madrid side to 16th place, four points from the relegation zone. Granada, which was coming off two draws, stay 14th.

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