Real Madrid 6-1 Melilla: Captain Isco nets brace on first start under Santiago Solari
Isco has answered his critics by netting twice on his first start under Santiago Solari as Real Madrid eased past minnows Melilla to advance to the last-16 of the Copa del Rey.
Thursday’s match got underway early at 3.15pm with December 6 being a national holiday in Spain – it marked the 40th anniversary since their new constitution was approved in a referendum.
Despite the occasion, thousands of fans still turned out at the Bernabeu to watch Madrid put their opponents to the sword.
Isco scored twice on his first start under Santiago Solari as Real Madrid thumped Melilla
Marco Asensio (R) added a brace as Real advanced to the next round of the Copa del Rey
Javier Sanchez, still only 21, had a moment to savour by scoring the third in the 6-1 victory
Solari’s men already had one foot in the next round before a ball had even been kicked here, having won the first leg in Melilla 4-0.
The side from the autonomous city of Melilla on the north coast of Africa knew they faced an uphill task with a significant deficit to overturn and quickly realised they would need a miracle after Marco Asensio struck a quickfire double shortly after the half-hour mark.
Asensio’s goals came in quick succession amid a flurry of activity late in the first half as he found the back of the net twice.
Minutes later and things got worse for the visitors with 21-year-old Javier Sanchez grabbing a moment to savour by adding the third.
Isco made it 4-0 two minutes after the break and then, after 18-year-old Vinicius Junior deservedly got his name on the scoresheet, doubled his tally.
Real starlet Vinicius Junior added a fifth before Isco rounded-off the big win with his second
Madrid’s Mariano cuts infield and assesses his options as Melilla defenders apply pressure
Melilla grabbed a consolation goal 10 minutes from the end through Yacine Qasmi’s penalty, but there was still enough time for Isco to strike again as Real coasted to an emphatic win over the Segunda Division B, Group 4 leaders.
Having left the newly-crowned Ballon D’Or winner Luka Modric out of the 18, Solari had to be patient and it was not until the 33rd minute that the La Liga giants got their noses in front when Asensio ran on to full-back Dani Carvajal’s ball and fired into the bottom corner of Pedro Luis’ goal.
Once the seal had been broken, Real had the bit between their teeth and they extended their lead within two minutes when Asensio repeated the feat with teenager Vinicius Junior this time supplying the ammunition.
Real Madrid manager Solari watched his side secure an emphatic 10-1 aggregate victory
The game, as well as the tie, was effectively over six minutes before the break when Asensio turned provider to allow Sanchez to help himself to a third, and Melilla’s hopes of keeping matters respectable were deal a further blow within two minutes of the restart when skipper Isco blasted home from distance.
Vinicius went close twice in quick succession and then had two more efforts saved as the home side went for the kill, but he finally got his reward with 15 minutes remaining when he rounded off a pacy break.
Qasmi made no mistake from 12 yards after being fouled by Sanchez as time ran down, but the respite was temporary and Isco restored the five-goal margin seven minutes from time.