Rayo Vallecano injuries and suspensions Out: Leo Baptistao (groin). In doubt: Nery Castillo (illness), Ze Castro (shoulder), José Raul Baena (knee) Real Madrid injuries and suspensions Out: Pepe (thigh) James Rodriguez is back for Real Madrid, but they're not quite fully healthy yet. Pepe keeps picking up injuries, so Los Merengues need Raphael Varane to step up his game. He's had a very up-and-down season. Match date/time: Wednesday, 4 p. m. ET, 10 p.
Rayo are a quality side who are on a solid run, but they're unlikely to upset Madrid on Wednesday. They refuse to compromise their attacking style of play against top teams, and it's gotten them handily beaten by Atlético Madrid and Barcelona. The reason they're in ninth instead of the bottom three is the same reason they're likely to lose this game by multiple goals.
Merci Grenoble! (Res. 32èmes de Coupe de France)Tous les résultats et les qualifiés des 32èmes de finale de la Coupe de France, avant Montpellier/PSG demainLes résultats: Le Mans FC 1 - 3 Tours FC Red Star FC 2 - 1 AC Arles-Avignon Stade Brestois 1 - 0 Stade Lavallois Bobigny AC 0 - 3 Evian Thonon Gaillard FC Lusitanos St Maur US 1 - 3 Stade de Reims FC Nantes 4 - 0 Club Franciscain Jura Sud Foot 3 - 0 Saint Louis Neuweg Boulogne USBCO 5 - 4 Sarre Union US Andrezieux Boutheon ASF 2 - 0 St Priest AS Valenciennes FC 2 - 0 OGC Nice Côte d'Azur Le Poiré 3 - 1 Plabennec Stade Avranches US 1 - 0 FC 56 Lorient Bressuire FC 2 - 1 Amiens SC Luçon VF 0 - 1 Berrichonne Châteauroux Concarneau US 1 - 0 Chamois Niortais FC Quevilly US 3 - 3 Orléans Loiret Football St Omer US 0 - 5 Croix Iris Club SC Bastia 2 - 0 LOSC Lille Métropole Pagny Sur Moselle AS 1 - 3 Yzeure AS Epinal SA 1 - 2 FC Metz Girondins de Bordeaux 2 - 1 Toulouse Football Club AS Saint-Etienne 1 - 0 AS Nancy Lorraine RC Lens 2 - 3 Olympique Lyonnais Nîmes Olympique 0 - 2 AS Monaco FC Marseille Consolat G.
As per usual, Madridistas only care about what Bale has done for them lately, not the two trophies he won for them last season, and would prefer for him to be the odd man out. Ultimately, what he does in this match doesn't matter much. Ancelotti can play off any decision as simple squad rotation. What really matters is who starts in Champions League, and that's what everyone is auditioning for over the next couple games.
3 - 0 AC Ajaccio Dinan Lehon FC 0 - 3 En Avant Guingamp Beauvais AS 0 - 0 Cholet SO Dunkerque USL 1 - 2 Stade Rennais FC AJ Auxerre 1 - 0 Racing Club de Strasbourg SM Caen 2 - 3 Dijon FCO Grenoble 3 - 3 Marseille Les qualifiés: L1 (12): Evian TG, Reims, Nantes, Bastia, Metz, Monaco, Guingamp, Bordeaux, Lyon, St Etienne, Rennes, Montpellier ou Paris SG. L2 (6): Tours, Brest, Valenciennes, Châteauroux, Auxerre, Dijon. National (5): Red Star, Boulogne, Avranches, Le Poiré sur Vie, Marseille Consolat. CFA (6): Jura Sud, Concarneau, Croix, Quevilly, Yzeure, LE GRAND GRENOBLE FOOT 38 TOMBEUR d'un pauvre club de province.