Ruben Pardo wrapped up a brilliant victory for La Real, who had won this fixture only once in their last 22 attempts.
And it's no gimmie for Santiago Solari's team, because just last season, Leganes eliminated Real in the quarterfinals, earning a 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu to advance on away goals after finishing on aggregate 2-2.
Santiago Solari is not there yet, even if he was asked afterwards if he deserved to keep his job. "We will do everything to win the next match". The triple European champions also had a habit of letting in early goals under Solari's predecessor Julen Lopetegui, conceding within the opening 10 minutes of three matches before the Spaniard was sacked at the end of October.
"We can't be crying for someone who didn't want to be here" said Isco in October, but whether Ronaldo saw his long-term future at Real or not, during each 90-minute stint he was the leader Real are sorely missing. We can't say we did well and just didn't have luck. At home, they're scoring goals on us and we aren't scoring many.
Real Madrid fell further behind Barcelona in the title race slipping down into fifth, behind Deportivo Alavés. Especially because players such as Kross, Modric, Marcelo or Sergio Ramos are not in their best shape.
Casemiro tried to cover but bundled Merino to the ground.
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" A team at a bad time can be more risky".
However, midfielder Luka Modric said fingers should not be pointed at the manager. We also had a penalty appeal which no-one can understand why it wasn't given.
The South American pair have outscored Madrid's whole side, with Los Blancos managing a paltry 26 in total. Referee Jose Munuera stood firm.
Bale has been mocked in the Spanish press following his latest injury setback, with the four-time Champions League victor dubbed "Mr Glass".
"The coach is doing good work, but he can not score goals nor stop what is happening at the start of games", Modric said.
Barca rode their luck as Getafe missed several chances to snatch a draw.