Copa del Rey: Real Madrid grab easy win against Numancia - FCNaija

Copa Del Rey By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 04/01/2018

Real Madrid grab an easy 3-0  win against Numancia in the first leg of the Copa Dey Rey on Thursday night at the La Pajaritos Stadium, goals from Gareth Bale, Isco and Borja Mayoral ensured Los Blancos go into the second leg with a comfortable margin.

Real Madrid started the game in an offensive mode as expected but Numancia tried to cool down the attack from the visiting team.

With just 20 minutes of play, Real Madrid Numancia was forced into substitution as Luis Valcarce replacing injures Adrien Ripa.

Numancia has been solid in the defence as they ensure Real Madrid’s offensive play is kept at bay in the opening 26 minutes of the encounter.

Marco Asensio got an opportunity to put Real Madrid ahead but his effort was blocked by a Numancia defender.

Real Madrid broke the deadlock in the 35th minute through Gareth Bale who gave Los Blancos the lead from a penalty spot after Real Madrid player was fouled in the area.

Real Madrid has a narrow lead at the end of first half with Bale’s goal the difference between both sides so far.

Numancia started the second half with a substitution as Marc Mateu replaced Luis Valcarce, the home team pushed forward in a bid to equalize but Real Madrid is brilliantly waiting for the right time to strike.

The visitors continued to search push forward to get the second goal at the La Pajaritos but Numancia remained discipline at the backline despite conceding a goal from the spot kick in the first half.

Numancia player Dimanka was given his marching orders by Xavier Estrada Fernandez after he was shown the second yellow card as the home side has been reduced to 10 men in the 62nd minute.

Real Madrid made their first change of the night as the goal scorer Bale made way for Matteo Kovacic in the 62nd minute.

Numancia made their final substitution as Inigo Perez replaced Grego Sierra in the 63rd minute of the match.

The home team almost got the equalizer but the shot was blocked by Real Madrid defence with 19 minutes to go.

Zinedine Zidane made the second chance of the night as Isco replaced Dani Ceballos in the 74th minute. Numancia almost got the equalizer but Inigo Perez’s effort was denied by the crossbar.

Isco grabbed the second goal for Real Madrid from the penalty spot and gave the visitors two goals margin going into the return leg.

Borja Mayoral got on the scoresheet with a header in the last minute of the regulation time.

 Kovacic was booked before the end of time but the 3-0 win over Numancia ensured Real Madrid grabbed an easy win over Numancia going into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.