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Copa Del Rey: James Double Helps Real Madrid Beat Sevilla

Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run to 38 games with a 3-0 victory over Sevilla in the first leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid marked Zinedine Zidane’s first anniversary as manager with a comfortable 3-0 win over Sevilla in the first leg of their King’s Cup last 16 tie at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

James Rodriguez opened the scoring for Real with a powerful strike from outside the box before Raphael Varane fired home a Toni Kroos corner to double the lead.

James, who has been linked with a possible move away from the Spanish giants, added his second — Real’s third — from the penalty spot before receiving a standing ovation when he was substituted 10 minutes before the end.

It is a second leg which now appears a formality amid a hectic schedule that could see Real play 21 times in 11 weeks.

Madrid started a second consecutive home game without any of their first-choice front three with Karim Benzema on the substitutes’ bench, Ronaldo rested and Gareth Bale sidelined with a long-term ankle injury.

Real have now gone a club record 38 games unbeaten in all competitions under Zidane, and have only lost twice in his 53 games in charge. Madrid are one short of equalling a best-ever run by a La Liga team.

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