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Easy for Real Madrid in Spanish Copa del Rey

08 December 2018

Spain internationals Isco and Marcos Asensio impressed on return to starting XI as Real Madrid trounced third division side Melilla 6-1 in their Copa del Rey round of 32 clash, to complete a resounding 10-1 victory on aggregate, and ease into last 16 on Thursday.

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla.

The only big omission from the squad is defender Jesus Vallejo, who has struggled with injury since joining the club last season.

Solari will now have to count on other options in attack as he aims to keep on collecting points at the same time as resting his players ahead of their Club World Cup campaign.

Vinicius made his first start at the Bernabeu, playing on the left wing, and Marco Asensio was stationed on the right.

With a 4-0 win from the first leg, Real Madrid were always expected to qualify and coach Santiago Solari rested the majority of his regular starters and gave a chance to youngsters and players who have not had minutes on a regular basis.

Isco and Vinicius Junior added two more before Melilla, a tiny Spanish autonomous enclave in north Africa, scored through striker Yacine Qasmi's 81st-minute penalty. "So, we are very happy for him". Mariano limped off the pitch soon after, and Madrid finished the game with 10 men.

Superb. What a lovely, lovely player.

"The first leg was very good because we put in a very good performance with a good attitude and intensity, against a team that play very good football and are top of their group in Segunda B".

Easy for Real Madrid in Spanish Copa del Rey