BARCELONA, Spain — Raphael Varane headed in two corner kicks to help Real Madrid start its Copa del Rey title defense with a 4-1 win at third-division Cornella on Wednesday.
The France center back opened the scoring in the 10th of the first leg match before Cornella striker Oscar Munoz leveled to the delight of the home fans in the 20th.
But Varane struck again in the 36th before forward Javier Hernandez and Marcelo added goals in the second half.
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A semi-professional team, Cornella fielded a starting 11 that included a dentist, a topographer and an employee of the city’s bike sharing scheme.
The match was played at Espanyol’s Power8 Stadium, in the Barcelona neighborhood whose name Cornella shares. Cornella reached the deal to play at the 40,000-seat stadium because its home ground only holds 1,500.
Marcelo’s celebration of his 75th-minute goal that included a somersault and a sprint to hug teammates in the dugout didn’t sit well with some of Cornella’s players.
”We play in the third division and we don’t make a lot of money, sometimes you have to know where you are at,” Munoz said. ”He told me that he had to celebrate it. But it’s over now. No worries.”
Despite the defeat, Cornella’s players went on a lap of the pitch after the final whistle to receive the praise of their supporters.
”We had to take advantage of it,” Munoz said. ”It was the first time I have ever played in front of so many people.”
It was Madrid’s 10th straight win in all competitions. It has outscored opponents 42-7 in that run.