Cornella 1 – Real Madrid 4: Varane guides Los Blancos to victory

Cornella 1 – Real Madrid 4: Varane guides Los Blancos to victory


Real Madrid started their Copa del Rey defence with an comfortable win over third-division side Cornella.

Raphael Varane played a brilliant game and scored a brace to guide Los Blancos to the next round. Sealing the qualification in the second-leg at the Santiago Bernabeu seems like a pretty easy task for Carlo Ancelotti men.

Cornella fought hard at the beginning. Real opened the score in the tenth minute, when Varane sent a powerful header to the back of the net in a corner. However, it only took Munoz another ten minutes to level. The striker latched on to a flick over the top and lashed past Keylor Navas.

The hosts were solid in defence and Los Blancos struggled to retake the lead. Yet Varane made it 1-2 before half-time in another corner, following a mistake from Cornella’s goalkeeper Jose Segovia.

Things were easier for Los Merengues after Chicharito Hernandez doubled the lead with just five minutes on the second half. The Mexico international found space on the edge of the box and stroke a precise shot into the corner.

Marcelo, who came in from the bench in the second half, sealed the victory in the 75th minute. The goalkeeper parried a shot from Isco and the Brazilian was fast to score from short range.