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SportReal into Copa del Rey last 16 after Melilla win

01:05  07 december  2018
01:05  07 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Copa del Rey . Round of 32 (First-Leg). Solari made his first appearance on the Whites' bench in impressive fashion as the team all but clinched their place in the last - sixteen ahead of Roared on by the home fans, Melilla looked dangerous early on. A vicious Ruano cross and a one-on-one chance With 23 on the clock, Lucas Vázquez forced Dani Barrios into a fine stop from the edge of the area.

The 2015– 16 Copa del Rey was the 114th staging of the Copa del Rey . Going into the tournament, the winners were assured a place for the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League Group stage. However, since the two finalists, Barcelona and Sevilla, both qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League

Real into Copa del Rey last 16 after Melilla win© (Photo by Legan P. Mace/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) SANTIAGO BERNABEU STADIUM, MADRID, SPAIN - 2018/12/06: Real Madrid's players are seen celebrating a goal during the Copa del Rey match between Real Madrid and UD Melilla at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. ( Final score; Real Madrid 6:1 UD Melilla). (Photo by Legan P. Mace/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Real Madrid cruised into the Copa del Rey last 16 on Thursday with a 6-1 rout of third-tier Melilla to progress 10-1 on aggregate in a competition they have won 19 times.

Last month's 4-0 first leg win in the Spanish enclave on the north African coast got Santiago Solari's reign as caretaker coach off to a positive start.

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The Campeonato de España– Copa de Su Majestad el Rey , commonly known as Copa del Rey or simply La Copa , is an annual knockout football competition in Spanish football

Real Madrid Roll In First Leg Against Melilla . Goals from Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola and Cristo Gonzalez gave the European champions a Copa del Rey first-leg victory that Barring a monumental shock, Madrid's passage to the last 16 should be safely assured when they

Now in full time charge Solari rang the changes for this match up against modest Melilla, with the Argentine resting the likes of Thibaut Courtois, newly crowned Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema.

Real cantered into the next round with a first half double from Marco Asensio and a second half brace from Isco, with Javi Sanchez and Vinicius Junior completing the drubbing.

Already waiting for Real in the next round are their La Liga rivals, current champions and record 30 time winners Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla, Valencia and Espanyol.

The fixture was a curtain raiser for Sunday's Copa Libertadores second leg final between Argentinian rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate.

The superclasico has been moved to Madrid following the controversial decision of South America's football federation, CONMEBOL, to take the fixture out of Argentina after crowd trouble before the return leg on November 24.

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