Real Madrid eased into the last eight of the Copa Del Rey with a 2-0 second leg win over Osasuna, despite the late dismissal of Fabio Coentrao, giving them a 4-0 victory on aggregate.
Goals from the newly crowned Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria saw Carlo Ancelotti’s men overcome a disappointing Osasuna side, with the visitors finishing with nine men due to Coentrao’s red card and an injury suffered by Alvaro Morata. The result means Real Madrid have now won six straight games, including all four of their fixtures in 2014.
Gareth Bale started on the bench for Los Blancos, with Jese Rodriguez, Isco and Ronaldo forming the front three as Real Madrid went into the game with a 2-0 lead from last week’s first leg.
In a sluggish first half Ronaldo gave Real Madrid the lead with the first real chance of the game, when his powerful from a free-kick 25 yards out was punched between his own legs and across the line by Andres Fernandez.
However the Osasuna keeper did much better just minutes later, saving a low Ronaldo drive towards the near post with his legs to prevent the Portuguese winger from making it 2-0.
With just minutes of the first half remaining Osasuna sprung into life, striking Iker Casillas’ right-hand post through Alvaro Cejudo, who turned 20 yards out before curling a left shot towards goal.
Then Casillas was called upon to tip Miguel De Las Cuevas’ shot from exactly the same position by the post, with the Spanish number one at full stretch to his right.
But despite the increase in spirit the fightback was short-lived and the visitors doubled their lead in the second half when Di Maria calmly finished off Jese’s inch perfect cut back from the byline to the edge of the box.
Ronaldo was brought off at the hour mark, with Bale taking his place for the final 30 minutes of the game. Morata was also brought on by Ancelotti but within seconds was hurt after appearing to collide with Francisco Punal at a corner kick.
The young striker soon had a nasty looking black eye and was brought off in stoppage time, by which time Real Madrid had effectively been reduced to nine men.
Coentrao, making his start for Real Madrid since November, was shown a second yellow card just before Morata’s withdrawal, with some suggesting it could be his last appearance in a Los Blancos shirt as a move to Manchester United edges closer, according to some reports.
However, despite some late pressure Osasuna couldn’t make their two-man advantage count and Real Madrid progressed to the quarter-finals, where they will meet Espanyol.