8 Dec 2013

Embarrassment as Real held by third-tier club

1:20 pm on 8 December 2013

Spanish football giants Real Madrid have been embarrassingly held to a 0-0 draw at third-tier club Olimpic de Xativa in the King's Cup.

Real, the world's richest club by income, were missing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Xabi Alonso as they were held to the scoreless draw in the last 32, first leg match.

Still the Madrid club fielded a team packed with internationals, but Real failed to see off their lowly opponents at their tiny stadium near Valencia.

The Olimpic players compete in a regional division one level below Real's 'B' team and worked tirelessly on the artificial pitch to keep their illustrious visitors, the 2011 Cup winners, from barely managing a shot on target.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, whose side had scored 18 goals in their last four outings, spent most of the match furiously chewing gum and shaking his head on the sidelines.