Zinedine Zidane’s men now take their undefeated streak to 20 games. The Copa Del Rey is the only trophy Zinedine Zidane has yet to win and Real Madrid got straight to business with the first goal coming less than 10 minutes into the match. Toni Kroos was put on an exhibition, racking up two assits and leading the Real Madrid team to victory. It was professional performance from the men in mint green and they now await their next opponent in the Quarter Finals. Full match ratings below:
Areola—7.5: For a keeper who has been relegated to the Copa Del Rey and the odd league match, Areola exudes confidence. Made three saves tonight, all within the Madrid box, and each were crucial in keeping Zaragoza off the scoreboard.
Dani Carvajal—7.5: Notched a late assist to Benzema after being played through by Brahim. Had 112 touches – among the most on the team – and produced 3 key passes on the night.
Raphael Varane—9: The Frenchman did it all tonight – scored the opening goal, won all of his ground duels, had 4 interceptions, 3 clearances, and 2 completed tackles. His comfort at dribbling out of the back is such an asset and his ability with both feet—particular his cross field switch with his left foot – is an underrated tool.
Sergio Ramos—7: Another consistent performance from the captain. Got some much needed rest after being substituted by Nacho in the 68th minute, but still managed a joint team high of 4 interceptions.
Marcelo—5: A very poor showing from the Brazilian in the first half, had countless passes go astray and even let a clear pass back from Vinicius JR filter out for a corner kick. Improved as the match wore on and was a good companion to his fellow Brazilian, Vinicius, down the left flank.
Toni Kroos—9: Take a bow, Toni Kroos. Let’s just rattle off the stats: 111 touches, 2 assists, 99 accurate passes (95% overall pass accuracy), 3 key passes, 10 accurate long balls, and 2 completed tackles.
Fede Valverde—6: A solid game from the Uruguayan, but slightly quieter than we have been accustomed to seeing from the action packed box-to-box midfielder.
James Rodriguez—7: Was rough around the edges for the first 30 minutes of the match, but gradually found his rhythm and role. Produced a great assist for Vinicius JR after a quick one-two interchange at the top of the box.
Vinicius JR—8: A great confidence building match from the Brazilian. Worked tirelessly on defense, even managing to complete 4 tackles, and was a constant nuisance for Zaragoza full back, Delmas. His speed and agility are so lethal. And of course, scored the third goal with a brilliant flick over Raton.
Lucas Vazquez—8: A brilliant display from Lucas Vazquez. Took his goal well, smacking home a volley, and provided Zaragoza fullback, Clemente, with a night to forget.
Luka Jovic—4: The Serbian played for 73 minutes in tonight’s match and failed to integrate himself with the rest of the team. Only 16 touches, not a single shot, and only 7 passes with a 77.8% pass accuracy. The Madrid faithful are all supporting the Serb, and hopefully he will start to push on in the coming months.
Nacho—6: Played 22 minutes in order to give Sergio Ramos some reprieve ahead of the derby.
Brahim Diaz—8: Another very impressive cameo from the young Spaniard. His introduction always seems to bring a creative, hungry spark. Managed to set-up the fourth goal with a “hockey assist” brilliantly finding Carvajal streaking down the outside of the box.
Karim Benzema—7.5: Big Benz is back to his scoring ways, finishing off the game with the fourth goal.