Wideman Cheryshev opened the scoring for the Merengues in their Spanish Cup bout against minnows Cadiz, but he may be the reason they’re eliminated from the tournament.
The Russian winger has been heavily tipped for the exit door in recent weeks, with Jurgen Klopp, whose Liverpool side trounced Southampton 6-1 in Capital One Cup action at the same time as Real took on Cadiz, understood to be keen on bringing the pacy wideman to Anfield according to Fichajes [via the Metro].
Cheryshev opened the scoring in the third minute when he controlled James Rodriguez’s sumptuous ball before slamming the ball past the Cadiz keeper to give Real a 1-0 lead which they held until half time.
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However, while Cheryshev may prove to be the match-winner, he may also be the reason why they are dumped out of the tournament, with AS reporting on Twitter that, as he is ineligible for the competition, Real may face sanctions.
Breaking: Real Madrid might be disqualified from the Copa del Rey for playing Cheryshev who was ineligible for tonight’s game.More to follow
— AS English (@English_AS) December 2, 2015
Noooo incredible! Real Madrid can be kicked out of Copa del Ret because Benitez lined-up Cheryshev who was suspended from previous cup! — Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) December 2, 2015Cadiz fans are chanting “Cheryshev, we love you”. I can’t even blame them…. — RMadridHome (@RMadridHome) December 2, 2015
A Real Madrid fracaso? Cheryshev scores opener vs Cádiz, but acc’g to reports should have been suspended. Real would be eliminated if true. — Phil Schoen (@PhilSchoen) December 2, 2015
The wideman starred on loan at Villarreal recently, and is keen for first-team football after struggling to assert himself at the Bernabeu, according to the Metro.