Real Madrid wins hard against Cacereño in Copa del Rey

The match: 1-0

On the turf in poor condition in Cacereño, Real Madrid began their journey in the Copa del Rey with a revamped team and stripped of many leaders. Karim Benzema, author of a double in the last game of the championship, for example, was not in the ranks of Carlo Ancelotti’s team this Tuesday night, unlike the two tricolor globalists, Aurélien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga, lined up in midfield.

The absence was felt in the first period. Beaten in the physical slaughter, the Merengues struggled to make a difference technically. Eden Hazard failed to stand out and the Madrid defense was particularly stressed. Under the momentum of Carmelo Merenciano, the Caceres players showed themselves offensively, but without creating a clear situation despite a couple of stops from Lunin. The first act was also poor in opportunities and Cacereño did better than compete against the reigning European champion.

When they returned from the locker room, the debates remained balanced. With the release of their playmaker Merenciano, the players from Caceres were no longer as threatening offensively. The entry of Rudiger and Vallejo into the Madrid side reinforced their impotence. Real didn’t show much either, but had players capable of making the difference at any time. This is the case with Rodrygo. He was found in the left corner of the area and went into the area between two defenders before finding the opposite skylight to open the scoring (0-1, 69.). Released, the White House was not yet safe. However, despite recent attacks from the fourth division club, Real Madrid have managed to hold on to their ticket to the rest of the competition.

Rodrygo was mainly used in the role of luxury joker and on Tuesday night was established at the head of the attack in Madrid. In a different register to Karim Benzema’s and after a World Cup marked by his missed shot on goal against Croatia, the Brazilian managed to settle with the goal in the 69th minute. On an inside-out sequence, he sent an unstoppable shot into the right corner of the opposition goalkeeper. A goal that sealed Madrid’s qualification and illustrated Rodrygo’s reliability: when called upon, he often responds.


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