Real suffer humiliating loss against third-division Alcorcon

MADRID: Real Madrid crashed to a 4-0 defeat at third-division side Alcorcon in a Copa del Rey round of 32 match on Tuesday.

The result reflected the run of play, with the tiny team outplaying the European giant. Earlier, Atletico Madrid ended their recent run of dire results by beating third-division Marbella 2-0. La Liga contender Sevilla beat third-division Atletico Ciudad 4-2 with two goals from Luis Fabiano; and Recreativo Huelva drew 1-1 with Sporting Gijon.

With a string of poor results recently, including a home defeat to AC Milan and a goalless draw against Sporting Gijon last week, Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini was already under pressure before this game. Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano apologized to fans afterward. Pellegrini rested Kaka and played Jose Maria "Guti" Gutierrez as a creative midfielder.

In the 16th Alcorcon's constant pressure paid off when Francisco Borja drifted along the edge of the area with the ball, sending his left-footed shot into the bottom corner. Three minutes later Karim Benzema grazed the bar for Madrid. Defensive chaos put the hosts 2-0 up in the 22nd when Madrid's Alvaro Arbeloa charged toward his own goal to gather the ball and misjudged, toe-punting it into the net. In the 40th mintue, Alcorcon struck again, the unmarked Ernesto Gomez tapping in from a Mora cross. Seven minutes into the second half Borja stroked in his second after Dudek failed to clear a dangerous Alcorcon cross.

League Cup

LONDON: Manchester United and Tottenham each won 2-0 to progress to the quarter-finals of League Cup on Tuesday and keep alive the chances of a repeat of last season's final.

Danny Wellbeck and Michael Owen scored to give defending champion United victory at lowly Barnsley, while Tottenham beat Premier League rival Everton through goals by Tom Huddlestone and Robbie Keane. Blackburn conceded two equalisers before beating Peterborough 5-2, and Portsmouth showed the sort of form they need to get off the bottom of the Premier League by beating Stoke 4-0.

United manager Alex Ferguson rested most of his regular starters and fielded a team featuring three right backs but his side went ahead in the sixth minute, Wellbeck connecting with a simple header from Anderson's corner. Owen, starting just his fifth game since joining United, showed a glimpse of the form that made him the 2001 European player of the year in the 59th when he won the ball 25 yards from goal, beat three defenders and shot past the goalkeeper.

Gary Neville was sent off moments later for a foul on Adam Hammill to give Barnsley hope against a team that had dominated the opening exchanges to such an extent that the home team's first corner in the 22nd was greeted with huge cheers. Striker Daniel Bogdanovich headed just wide from the corner to start a period of pressure by Barnsley, who are without a major trophy since the 1912 FA Cup, but the League Championship side was denied a goal by their poor finishing.

Tottenham, who won the League Cup in 2008 and lost last season's final, hit the post through Keane a minute before Huddlestone scored their first goal in the 31st. Wilson Palacios intercepted on the edge of his own area to start the length-of-the-field move that led to the goal. Palacios passed to Keane and his quick ball to the right found David Bentley, who raced down the wing to curl in a cross that went over Keane's head, under Roman Pavlyuchenko's foot and into the net off a fierce half volley by Huddlestone.