Cornellà - Real Madrid

1-4: The Copa del Rey champions on track for the Round of 16


REPORT | 29/10/2014 | Alberto Navarro

Varane's brace and Chicharito and Marcelo's goals against Cornellá secured a tenth straight win for the Whites
  • Copa del Rey
  • Round of 32 (First-Leg)
  • Wed, 29 Oct
Power8 Stadium
Real Madrid could not have gotten off to a better start in their Copa del Rey defence. The Whites brushed Cornellá aside in the Power8 Stadium, practically securing their passage to the Round of 16 while also recording their tenth victory in a row. They took an early lead on the scoreboard, only needing ten minutes to do so. James swung in a corner and Varane rose above everyone else to make it 0-1 with a header.

The away team's joy was short lived, even though they controlled possession and continued to create the majority of the chances. Cornellá pulled back an equaliser ten minutes later against the run of play. Pep Caballé won an aerial battle and, without letting the ball touch the ground, Josele set up Óscar Muñoz, who fired past Navas.

Varane again
The game did not change after the goal. Cornellá, limited to defending deep in their own half, tried to cause an upset on the counter, while the reigning title holders dominated the encounter. The chances kept coming and a dangerous cross by James using the outside of his left boot, which Segovia had to push out for a corner, led to the visitors' second goal. Isco took the corner in the 36’ and Varane showed his strength in the air once again.


The Frenchman scored his first brace as a professional and showed that Ancelotti's team is well drilled for dead ball situations. They have notched up eight such goals so far this season (5 in La Liga, two in the Copa del Rey and another in the Champions League).

Two defenders scored three of the four goals
The second half started with another effective display by the Copa del Rey champions. This time instead of Varane hitting the mark, it was Chicharito. The Mexican picked up the ball outside the box in the 53’ and sent a low diagonal shot past a helpless Segovia. The Whites extended their lead and once again showed off their prowess in front of goal.

That was not the away side's last goal of the night. Before coming off for Raúl de Tomas, who was making his competitive debut with the first team, Isco dribbled the ball towards the edge of the box before shooting in the 75’. Segovia saved the effort, but a clever Marcelo made the most of the loose ball to send it into the back of the net. As such, the Brazilian got his first Copa del Rey goal for Real Madrid and sealed a resounding win, the Whites' tenth in a row.