Iker Casillas was on the receiving end of a vicious kick from Xabi Alonso, which forced him to be substituted on Wednesday evening in the Copa del Rey could have been worse. Early diagnosis has shown that the goalkeeper has suffered bruises and swelling to his index finger on his Left hand. Despite being left-footed, the Real Madrid captain is right-handed. So even though an injury to Iker is never ideal; the plus-side here is that it was on his weaker hand.
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However Real Madrid advance to the semi-finals of the competition with a 3-1 aggregate over Valencia. It was not the best of games from Jose Mourinho’s men as they ended the match with 9 men thanks to two red cards shown each to Fabio Coentrao and Angel DI Maria. Benzema gave the visitors an important lead at the closing stages of the first half, but Coentrao’s second yellow early in the second half coupled with Valecnia’s equalizer through Tino Costa made matters worse for Madrid.
Valencia couldn’t capitalise on the man advantage they had as Madrid managed to hold on for a draw. Sevilla on the other hand won their match comfortably over real Zaragoza 4-0 . Barcelona and Atletico Madrid go up against Malaga and Real Betis tonight to decide the final four.