Real Madrid thrash third tier Melilla in Solari’s first game in charge

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Real Madrid began life after Julen Lopetegui with a comfortable 4-0 win at Melilla in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey fourth round.

Madrid dispensed of the former Spain manager after a humiliating El Clasico defeat at the weekend, with Santiago Solari taking temporary charge.

Solari, who played for the club between 2000-2005, watched on as Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Álvaro Odriozola and Cristo goals downed the Segunda B outfit, with the second leg at the Bernabeu still to come.

Santiago Solari is in temporary charge of Real Madrid
Santiago Solari is in temporary charge of Real Madrid (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Unsurprisingly they were quick to dominate their third-tier hosts and came close to opening the scoring in the 23rd minute as Lucas Vázquez saw a long-range effort tipped just over the crossbar by home goalkeeper Dani Barrio.

There was nothing Barrio could do five minutes later, though, as the visitors took the lead with a fine counter attack.

Vasquez was involved as he fed Odriozola who teed up Benzema to tuck home from close range.

It was 2-0 in first-half injury time as Asensio fired home from 12 yards after being found by Junio Vinicius.

Vinicius thundered an effort into the crossbar after the restart as Madrid continued to dominate, but they had to wait until the 79th minute to make it 3-0.

This one was not pretty as Sergio Reguilón’s effort was parried by Barrios and, after Vinicius had an effort blocked, Odriozola rammed home from a yard out.

Cristo’s goal came deep into injury time as Madrid made the win even more emphatic.

Madrid played a corner short, worked it down the right and Odriozola flighted in an inviting cross which the substitute had no problem heading home.

The second leg is not until the first week of December, but much bigger tests await Solari, beginning with a home league game with Valladolid on Saturday, which precedes a run of four away games.

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