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Real Madrid were lethargic and disjointed in a match they looked like they wanted no part of, but Marco Asensio secured a narrow win over Leganes.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hoped his team had turned a corner following a difficult recent time, when speaking after the Copa del Rey win.
Real Madrid took a small step toward ending its crisis on Thursday, defeating Leganes 1-0 with an 89th-minute goal by Marco Asensio in the first leg.
Melendo, 20, came on as a substitute and struck two minutes from time to give Espanyol a 1-0 advantage in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal.
Obituaries are usually written when Barcelona lose but following the end of their unbeaten run, the mood is decidedly more upbeat this time.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested by coach Zinedine Zidane for Thursday evening's Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg at Leganes.