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Madrid ends winless run with late Asensio goal in Copa

MADRID (AP) Real Madrid took a small step toward ending its crisis by defeating Leganes 1-0 with an 89th-minute goal by Marco Asensio in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Thursday.

Madrid's reserve team gave another lackluster performance, but Asensio salvaged the victory with a close-range shot into the top corner after a well-placed cross by Theo Hernandez.

The result ended Madrid's three-match winless streak and eased some of the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane after poor results.

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