Ten-man Real survive Copa del Rey scare

Dec 15, 2011, 08:48 IST | AFP
A goal in each half from Jose Callejon and Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid get their defence of the Spanish Copa del Rey off to a winning start at third tier club Ponferradina, who sit second in their division, on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real won the Cup for the first time since 1993 when they beat Barcelona in last season's final. The visitors looked laboured at times, and were reduced to ten men when Raul Albiol was sent off for a second yellow card midway through the second half.

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