Soccer – Real Madrid v Melilla Live Commentary & Result, 06/12/2018, Copa del Rey

Soccer – Real Madrid v Melilla Live Commentary & Result, 06/12/2018, Copa del Rey


90′ + 1′ Just the two minutes have been added on at the end of this one-sided tie. Still time for Madrid to add to their goals tally…

89′ Two-goal Asensio thumps the ball against the crossbar after peeling off his man, but the offside flag had already gone up. Looked to be marginally onside to me.

87′ Mariano has struggled with injury this season and may be facing another spell on the sidelines. His absence means that Madrid are down to 10 men for the closing stages.

85′ That is now double figures for Madrid in terms of goals across the two legs. Mariano has left the field of play, seemingly after picking up a knock, but the hosts have already used all three changes.

Real Madrid

83′ Garcia made a positive run down the run and found himself in acres of space, before looking up and picking out Isco in the middle with a chipped pass.

Real Madrid

83′ GOOOAAAALLL!! Madrid 6-1 Melilla! Isco adds to his stunning strike at the start of this second half with a goal of similar quality towards the end of it. After being picked out by Garcia, the Spanish attacker sets himself up perfectly to blast past Moreno from 10 yards.

Melilla

81′ GOOOOALLLL!! Madrid 5-1 Melilla! Qasmi, who won the penalty with his positive run, makes no mistake from 12 yards as he buries the penalty to Navas’s right-hand side.

80′ The referee points to the penalty spot following Sanchez’s challenge on Qasmi. A big chance for Melilla to pull one back!

Álvaro Fidalgo

Vinícius Júnior

Real Madrid

79′ Solari can now afford to take off Vinicius, who has a goal and an assist to his name today. Fernandez, vice-captain of the Castilla side, comes on for the final 11 minutes.

77′ SAVE! Navas has pulled off a couple of good stops today, including this one to deny Martin a consolation goal. The Melilla substitute strikes the ball well but it is not quite in the corner, giving Navas a chance to get to it.

Real Madrid

75′ GOOOALLL!! Madrid 5-0 Melilla! Here is the goal that Vinicius has been desperate for. The Brazilian teen weaves past a couple of opposition players and fires past Moreno at the second attempt after his initial shot is saved. 

74′ The corner, disappointingly from the visitors’ perspective, comes to little. This is a good spell for the Segunda Division side.

72′ Solari’s men win themselves three corners in quick succession, none of which they manage to make the most of.

70′ Madrid look more likely to score a fourth goal than Melilla do a first. The visitors lack the quality required to seriously trouble their opponents’ backline.

68′ Vinicius has played a direct part in five goals in his first five matches for Madrid, including an assist for Asensio’s second strike today.

66′ PENALTY APPEAL! Garcia is bundled over inside the box, but he was a little off balance and the referee Javier Alberola Rojas waves away his shout for a penalty.

64′ SAVE! Valverde, not for the first time today, is well off target with his shot from range. Moments later, Vinicius is slid through but the angle is against him and Moreno makes a comfortable stop at his front post.

62′ Madrid are just going through the motions now, knowing that this game is well and truly over. Asensio has a couple of chances to cross the ball, but he fails to pick out a team-mate on both occasions.

Melilla

60′ Carrion turns to his bench for the third time today, with youngster Martin coming on for Menudo.

58′ The biggest disappointment for Madrid today is Vinicius’s failure to get on the scoresheet. There is still more than half an hour for that to change, but the teenager has already missed a number of good opportunities.

Melilla

56′ Romero is introduced for the visitors in place of Ruano, providing Melilla with some fresh legs in midfield.

55′ IT SHOULD BE FIVE! This is almost too easy for Vinicius, who is clean through on goal with just Moreno to beat. The youngster fails to get the better of the Melilla keeper, though, and he sends the rebound into the side-netting from a tight angle.

53′ Melilla have offered next to nothing in this second period in an attacking sense. The visitors, understandably, are focusing their efforts on keeping their opponents out.

51′ Vinicius has had some impressive moments today, but he is perhaps guilty of wanting to do a little too much. Instead of helping the ball on for Ceballos on the overlap, he curls the ball over the crossbar.

49′ A couple of changes made by Solari at the break, then, but that has not affected the flow of the game. The European champions really could get eight or nine goals at this rate.

Real Madrid

47′ Ceballos claims an assist just a couple of minutes after being introduced, although I’m sure he’ll be embarrassed to take any credit for this long-range strike from Isco.

Real Madrid

47′ GOOOOAALLL! Madrid 4-0 Melilla! Unbelievable technique from Isco, who picks out the top corner of the opposition net with a wonderful strike. Madrid pick up from where they left off in the first half.

Dani Ceballos

Marcos Llorente

Real Madrid

46′ Make that two half-time changes for Madrid – Ceballos comes on for Llorente in central midfield.

Fran García

Daniel Carvajal

Real Madrid

46′ Solari makes a change at the break by taking off Carvajal and bringing on another of his youngsters in Garcia.

Melilla

46′ Mizzian, who came closer to scoring for Melilla than any other player in the first half, is replaced by Otegui at the start of the second half.

46′ Madrid, cruising into the fifth round of the competition, get us back underway in the Spanish capital! 

1′ Asensio with some good work down the left, but Mahanan gets an important touch to the cross and the ball is cleared away. Up the other end, Melilla win their first corner-kick of the game.

Melilla could easily have opened the scoring early on at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Navas – one of numerous changes made by Solari today – produced a fine save down to his left to keep out Mizzian. The Segunda Division side now have to regroup and, well, hope for the best over the remaining 45 minutes.

Madrid take a commanding seven-goal aggregate lead into half-time of this second leg. Asensio scored twice in the space of two minutes, the second of those coming as a result of some impressive wide play from Vinicius, before clipping the ball into the box for Sanchez to get in on the act.

45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: MADRID 3-0 MELILLA

45′ CLOSE! Vinicius is once again given some time and space on the edge of the box, only to send his latest attempt a few inches past the post. Moreno is stranded and can only watch it fly past the upright.

43′ No doubt that Asensio is the big winner from this first half, scoring twice and setting up another. Melilla need to regroup at the interval or else they risk being on the end of a real hammering.

41′ Solari’s men are running riot in the Spanish capital. Melilla stood firm for half an hour, but three goals in the space of nine minutes for Madrid has given them complete control of this second leg. Asensio sends a free-kick over the bar from 20 yards.

Real Madrid

39′ GOOOOALLLL!! Madrid 3-0 Melilla! This could get rather embarrassing for the Segunda Division side – they now trail by three goals on the day and seven goals on aggregate. Asensio floats the ball into the box and young defender Sanchez – making his debut at the Santiago Bernabeu – turns it past Moreno with a first-time finish off the underside crossbar.

Real Madrid

39′ Asensio is making the most of this start, adding to his two goals with this assist from deep. Great delivery and an even better finish from centre-back Sanchez.

37′ Madrid’s two-goal lead is deserved, it is fair to say, having created numerous openings in the first half of this Copa del Rey tie. That is now a six-goal lead on aggregate.

Real Madrid

35′ Superb footwork from Vinicius to take the ball past his man on the left and then pick out Asensio in the middle.

Real Madrid

35′ GOOOOALLL!! Madrid 2-0 Melilla! Just like that, the hosts have themselves a second goal. An unmarked Asensio doubles his tally by firing home from 10 yards, but this was all about the work of Vinicius out wide.

Real Madrid

33′ Carvajal picked out Asensio just inside the Melilla half of the field, and his Spanish compatriot did the rest with his impressive run and finish.

Real Madrid

33′ GOOOALLL!! Madrid 1-0 Melilla! Poor defending from the visitors, as Asensio is given 40 yards of space to run into before slotting the ball past Moreno. That goal came moments after Mariano skied a shot from a similar range when teed up by Isco.

32′ Solari will be wondering how this one remains goalless with more than half an hour played. Navas has produced a good stop at one end, but there is no doubt that the hosts have had the better of the chances.

30′ INCREDIBLE BLOCK! Good luck finding a better piece of defending than this in the Copa del Rey this season! Vinicius crosses the ball in from the right and Mariano had what appeared to be a tap-in, only for Mahanan to dive in and block the shot from five yards.

28′ Madrid have won the Copa del Rey 19 times in total, but they have not gone all the way since the 2013-14 season.

26′ Melilla are looking nice and organised now, forcing Madrid to knock it around without really getting anywhere. Mariano works some space outside the box, but he is unable to get a shot away.

24′ Madrid are dominating proceedings at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Moreno has so far stood firm in the Melilla goal. Not that it matters all that much – the hosts lead 4-0 on aggregate.

22′ BIG SAVE! Vinicius is showing just why he is so highly rated, working a yard of space when picked out by Carvajal in the box and getting a shot on target. Melilla keeper Moreno produces the save of the game so far by turning it around the post.

20′ Valverde, one of those auditioning for a regular starting spot, blasts well wide from all of 35 yards out. Madrid are starting to turn the screw now.

18′ SHOT! Mizzian is proving a real threat for the visitors, making the most of a favourable bounce of the ball and unleashing a shot that ends just over the crossbar.

16′ BIG CHANCE! This game has well and truly burst into life now, as Madrid work the ball to Asensio on the counter. The Spanish attacker cuts inside but, rather than pull the trigger from eight yards, he lays it off for Isco to shoot straight at Moreno.

15′ SAVE! Navas produces a good stop down to his left to keep out a heavily deflected shot from range. Mizzian sticks out a boot to change the direction of the ball, but Navas is there to make the save.

13′ Vinicius takes the ball off the boot of Mariano and is sent to the ground by Romero before he can get a shot away. The referee told the youngster to get back to his feet, and in fairness to Vinicius he did not really appeal the decision – not enough contact.

11′ The home side have not really got going yet, with Vinicius’s deflected shot their only sight of goal. Mariano produces some good footwork, but his cross into the middle is cut out before it can reach a team-mate.

9′ Some high pressing from Madrid pays off. Mariano would have been through on goal if not for a heavy first touch from Isco’s pass, allowing Moreno to race out and collect the ball.

7′ Carvajal is sent crashing into the post when attempting to defend a cross into the box. The full-back, playing out of position today, is furious with the shove but does not seem to be injured.

5′ The ball is worked nicely to Vinicius, who gets a shot away from 22 yards. It takes a big deflection on its way through and goes behind for a corner.

3′ A poor clearance from Navas is pounced on by the visitors, but Qasmi is unable to guide his headed attempt on target when the ball is played back into the box.

1′ Segunda Division side Melilla get us underway in the Spanish capital!

The two teams are now out on the field at the Santiago Bernabeu and we are moments away from kick-off. Melilla require a miracle of sorts, trailing as they do by four goals from October’s first leg. 

At least three goals have been scored in 13 of the previous 15 Copa del Rey games involving Madrid, with the European champions last failing to score in a domestic cup clash in January 2015.

Barrio performed well in Melilla’s 1-0 win over Sanluqueno last weekend, but Luis Carrion has opted to rotate in goal by bringing in Moreno between the sticks. There is also a notable change further forward from the last time these sides faced off five weeks ago, as Garcia is included alongside top-scoring striker Qasmi, with support being provided from the wide areas by Ruano and Mizzian. Menudo and Ortega have a big task on their hand, picked to start in front of the back four.

As expected, Solari has made mass changes to his starting line-up on the back of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Valencia here, including a first start for Isco since Julen Lopetegui was in charge – the Spanish attacker captains the side today. There is also a first start at this famous ground for Vinicius, who is joined in the forward line by fringe players Asensio and Mariano. Elsewhere, Sanchez has been called up from the Castilla side and is used in the heart of defence alongside another youngster in Vallejo, while Valverde and Llorente will also make rare appearances.

Melilla subs: Daniel Barrio, Brahim Romero, Antonio Otegui, Brian Martin, Sofian Chakla, Igor Martinez, Jose Fernandez

MELILLA XI (4-4-2): Pedro Luis Moreno; Jose Lopez, Mohamed Mahanan (c), Ricardo Martinez, Jilmar Torres; Juan Ruano, Jordi Ortega, Juan Carlos Dominguez, Mizzian Salmi; Oscar Garcia, Yacine Qasmi

Madrid subs: Alvaro Fidalgo, Lucas Vazquez, Raphael Varane, Cristo Gonzalez, Kiko Casilla, Francisco Garcia, Dani Ceballos

MADRID XI (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Alvaro Odriozola, Jesus Vallejo, Javi Sanchez, Dani Carvajal; Federico Valverde, Marcos Llorente, Isco (c); Marco Asensio, Mariano, Vinicius Junior

A couple of goals in both halves got Santiago Solari off to a winning start as Madrid caretaker boss, and the former midfielder has since gone on to land the high-profile position on a permanent basis. This will be his eighth game in charge, with six of those previous matches ending in victory – the exception being a 3-0 loss at Eibar 12 days ago. Melilla, meanwhile, have won five matches on the spin ahead of this daunting trip to the home of the European champions.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Copa del Rey fourth-round tie between Real Madrid and Melilla at the Santiago Bernabeu. The home side take a commanding lead into this second leg thanks to their 4-0 win in the reverse fixture five weeks ago.

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