1/5/2017 6:09:38 AM

Rodriguez double propels Real Madrid

Rodriguez double propels Real Madrid

MADRID: 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.

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.

RESULTS

Real Madrid - Sevilla 3-0 (halftime: 3-0)

Alcorcon (II) - Cordoba (II) 0-0 (halftime: 0-0)

Real Sociedad - Villarreal 3-1 (halftime: 2-0)

On Tuesday

Deportivo Coruna - Alaves 2-2 (halftime: 0-2)

Las Palmas - Atletico Madrid 0-2 (halftime: 0-1)

Osasuna - Eibar 0-3 (halftime: 0-1)

Valencia - Celta Vigo 1-4 (halftime: 0-3)

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