Madrid cruise past Cornella

Cornella were left to rue a missed penalty as holders Real Madrid eased into the Copa del Rey last 16 courtesy of a 5-0 victory on Tuesday.

As expected, Los Blancos named a youthful line-up against the Segunda B part-timers, with Jese on the bench and Isco and James Rodriguez the sole survivors from Saturday's record-breaking 2-1 victory over Malaga, although the pair flanked Javier Hernandez up top rather than starting in central midfield.

Another notable decision saw Fernando Pacheco pip usual No 2 Keylor Navas to the goalkeeping berth, while Alvaro Medran partnered Asier Illarramendi and Sami Khedira in the middle of the park, having been talked up by Carlo Ancelotti at yesterday's Press conference.

Madrid dominated possession from the offset, but they were stunned when the visitors were awarded a penalty following Alvaro Arbeloa's careless challenge on Xavier Boniquet, who showed lovely skill to evade the full-back. The midfielder, however, blazed his spot-kick over the bar.

The Madrid juggernaut then sparked into life. First up was James, who ran onto Isco's inch-perfect through pass and sent a lob over Inigo, before the former Malaga ace returned the favour, doubling his side's lead with a similarly-dinked finish from the Colombian's assist.

James rounded off the first half with a beautiful curling effort into the bottom-left corner of Inigo's net, pouncing on Cornella's failed attempt to read both Isco's scooped pass and Chicharito's backheel near the edge of the box.

The second half would have been a non-contest were it not for the away team's early sight of goal, as Nacho was forced to hack Israel's corner over the bar, with the ball veering towards an empty net.

Nonetheless, it wasn't all good news for Madrid. Sami Khedira came out of a 50-50 with a blow to the head shortly before the hour mark, but his replacement Jese entered the pitch to a standing ovation.

Madrid's continued grip on proceedings was once more rewarded, albeit with a hint of good fortune, when Chicharito slammed Arbeloa's cross against the underside of the bar. In the wrong place at the wrong time was Borja Lopez, who deflected the rebound into his own net.

If the hosts' fourth goal was nothing to write home about, the same couldn't be said about their fifth and final effort of the night. Isco embarked on a mazy run, leaving a line of green jerseys in his wake, before threading a ball through to Jese, who fired an angled drive home.

Last season's winners of the Copa triumphed 9-1 on aggregate as a result of their comprehensive victory at Santiago Bernabeu and now await the identity of their round-of-16 opponents – most likely Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid 5-0 Cornella

James 16, 34, Isco 31, Pelegri 60 (OG), Jese 77

Real Madrid: Pacheco; Arbeloa, Varane (Llorente 45), Nacho, Coentrao; Khedira (Jese 57), Illarramendi, Medran; James (Javi Munoz 62), Chicharito, Isco

Cornella: Inigo; Pere, Pelegri, David, Borja; Israel, Gomez; Luis, Gallar (Caballe 69), Boniquet; Oscar Munoz (Trujillo 56)

Referee: Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez

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