Everything was going so well in Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey round of 32 first-leg match against third division Cadiz. Denis Cheryshev scored in just the third minute to give them a fast lead and Rafa Benitez had to feel he was on his way to proving his doubters wrong and holding onto his job at least until the end of the calendar year.
But then word started to filter through social media that Cheryshev shouldn’t have been eligible to play due to yellow card accumulation in the tournament last season with Villarreal.
The reports quickly gained steam to the point where Cadiz fans inside the stadium began chanting for Benitez to check Twitter before the first half even ended.
During the break, Cadiz’s official account announced that their board would meet after the match to decide whether a complaint would be filed, which would be necessary for the federation to take action against Real Madrid. (UPDATE: Cadiz have since filed a formal complaint.)
Finally figuring out their massive oversight, Real Madrid panicked and substitute Cheryshev 45 seconds into the second half, bringing more attention to their goof-up.
But wait, there’s more!
It isn’t even the first time Benitez has done this!
And now even the king of Real Madrid trolls is laughing.