Pellegrino: “The penalty changed everything for Leganes”

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 09: Head coach Mauricio Pellegrino of CD Leganes looks on before the Copa del Rey Round of 16 match between Real Madrid CF and CD Leganes at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 09, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

CD Leganes coach Mauricio Pellegrino lamented the referee’s decision to hand Real Madrid a penalty in their 3-0 Copa del Rey first leg defeat on Wednesday

Los Pepineros started off with the better opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu, despite Real dominating possession of the ball, and had two penalty appeals waved away by the referee.

However, Real weren’t to be denied when it was their turn to appeal for a spot-kick when Gerard Gumbau fouled Alvaro Odriozola in the area.

Captain Sergio Ramos then stepped up to send Leganes goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar the wrong way for his 100th career goal.

Two second-half goals from Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior then sealed a 3-0 defeat for Leganes.

“The penalty changed everything and the second goal was what hit the team hardest. They did very little to score so much,” said Pellegrino, according to Marca.

“The game was open up until 2-0. To me, the penalty looked like a very dubious play and it marked us a lot.”

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The two Madrid-based teams will meet for the second leg at Leganes’ Estadio Municipal de Butarque for the second leg on January 16.

“We have very little to lose in the return leg,” added Pellegrino.

“We will try to score the first goal at Butarque and later the second to get closer to the third. That is our hope for the second leg.”