Spain Real Madrid book place in Copa del Rey last 16 with easy win

Real Madrid kicked off their Copa del Rey title defense with a 3-1 away win over Arandina to book their place in the last 16 on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side broke the deadlock in the second half when Joselu scored from the penalty spot. A few minutes later, Brahim doubled the lead and Rodrygo added a third in stoppage time, with the hosts grabbing a consolation goal in the dying seconds to make it 3-1.

The Montecillo Stadium was packed to the rafters to welcome the defending champions. Arda Guler , who was handed his debut, had two very clear chances to put Madrid ahead.

First with a close-range effort that was saved by Adrian Alvarez in the 13th minute and six minutes later with a curling free-kick that crashed against the woodwork.

All even going into the break, Ancelotti ‘s men were bossing possession, but they failed to create another clear-cut chance until the 39th minute.

Joselu latched onto a rebound off a defender, but the ball crashed into the side-netting and the Whites almost found a way through on the stroke of halftime. Camavinga played a fine through ball to find Güler inside the area, and his cross picked out Nico Paz who headed over.

The first goal came in the 53rd minute, after the Malaga-born forward was brought down in the area by Zazu. Joselu converted the spot-kick to make it 1-0. The madridistas soon doubled their lead two minutes later.

Joselu played the ball into the boss and it bounced back to Brahim who took a touch to hit a sweet half-volley into the far corner in the 55th minute.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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