Isco, Asensio shine in Real chance

Doug Mendoza
December 8, 2018

The Spanish giants eased to a 6-1 victory over Melilla at the Bernabeu, progressing to the last-16 of the Copa del Rey after winning 10-1 on aggregate.

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla.

Both Isco and Asensio, part of Spain's faltering World Cup campaign in Russian Federation, had not started any of first seven games under new club manager Santiago Solari but were included in a highly-rotated clash against the third-tier side. Mariano also started his first match since returning to full fitness.

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. "We're all very happy with his prize".

Javi Sanchez added a blemish in otherwise a flawless evening by fouling Quasmi in his own box at the 80th minute, and the man himself stepped up and stroked his effort past a wrong-footed Keylor Navas.

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The skillful midfielder who also captained his side during the tie scored two wonderful goals in the second half and was also decisive in the final third during the encounter.

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Kroos' injury woe - along with the continued absence of Casemiro - has meant Marcos Llorente and Dani Ceballos have enjoyed game time.

"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".

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