Real Madrid vs Sevilla ended 3-0 as James Rodriguez scored a brace in Copa Del Rey round of 16. The game started with a number of regular starters of Real Madrid being absent from the starting line-up. Real Madrid’s starting line-up consisted of Kiko Casilla as the goalkeeper. Marcelo, Varane, Nacho, and Dani Carvajal were the 4 men at the back ahead of the goalkeeper. Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro were the 3 central midfielders. The 3 up front consisted of Marcos Asensio on the right wing, James Rodriguez on the left side, and Alvaro Morata as the striker. And this how Zidane played the 4-3-3 formation against Sevilla. Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the squad to be fully fit for the game against Granada. This shows that the Copa Del Rey trophy is not a priority for the French coach. The rest were out due to injury.
Real Madrid vs Sevilla-James Rodriguez Brace in Copa Del Rey
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli played 4-2-3-1 formation. Sergio Rico started as the goalkeeper. Whereas Escudero, Adil Rami, Mercado, and Mariano were the 4 defenders. N’Zonzi and Iborra were the 2 defensive midfielders. The Frenchman Samir Nasri started on the right wing, Vitolo on the left, and Ganso as the attacking midfielder. And Correa played as the lone striker ahead.
The game started with Sevilla raiding the Los Blancos box. But no player could find the back of the net in the entire game despite numerous chances. The first breakthrough for Real came in the 11th minute of the game as James Rodriguez scored a stunner from outside the box. Real scored again in the 29th minute as Raphel Varane successfully directed the ball inside the goal post from a corner kick. The final goal of the night came from a penalty as Modric was brought down in the box. Rodriguez stepped up and scored the goal from the spot. His brilliant performance on the night might be crucial to making him stay in the Spanish capital for a bit more.