Asensio lifts stuttering Real Madrid at Leganes

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Marco Asensio struck a last-gasp victor as Real Madrid edged to a 1-0 win at Leganes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Thursday.

His strike came after Messi had his spot-kick turned away by former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez earlier in the second half.

This was Barcelona's first loss to Espanyol since 2009 and also their first defeat at the hands of their local rivals in the Cup since 1970.

"Because in a week we can turn things around at Camp Nou". "We know already playing Espanyol at Cornella is hard".

"The penalty save gave us the boost that we needed", Melendo said.

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Espanyol had never beaten Barca in their new stadium before, the last team they won a home game against them was in 2007 when current Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was their manager. "From the first minute, we will press high, we will try to create a lot of chances and hopefully the home support drives us on".

Gerard Pique has called for better behaviour from fans in the second leg of Barcelona's Copa del Rey tie with Espanyol after some unsavoury incidents in Wednesday's match.

"We played with the same players in Vigo [against Celta] and I am happy with them", the coach said.

Zinedine Zidane left out Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a largely second-string Real side but not even the injection of youth could breathe life into his team until Asensio's late goal ended a run of three games without a win. The visiting side went ahead through Ruben Sobrino in the 66th minute but Portugal global Goncalo Guedes levelled for Valencia in the 73rd.

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