Copa del Rey: Real Madrid ease past Cornella; Sevilla score six

Raphael Varane: Celebrates one of his goals with Isco
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Raphael Varane's unlikely brace helped Real Madrid to a 4-1 over Cornella as they began their Copa del Rey defence with ease on Wednesday.

Carlo Ancelotti took the chance to give some of his stars a rest, with Cristiano Ronaldo left out of the squad at the Estadio Municipal de la Via Ferria, but he still put out a strong team that was more than a match for their Segunda B Division opponents.

Varane took full advantage of slack marking to head home the opening goal after 10 minutes, before Munoz briefly restored parity for the hosts. But Cornella failed to heed the warnings of Real's first effort and Varane, again, found space at the near post to nod Los Blancos into a 2-1 half-time lead.

Javier Hernandez, on loan at the Bernabeu from Manchester United, notched his fourth goal for Los Blancos in the 53rd minute and Marcelo added gloss to the scoreline with a fourth for the holders 15 minutes from time.

The other cup match on Wednesday night was even more one-sided as Iago Aspas' hat-trick helped Sevilla thrash Sabadell 6-1.

Timothee Kolodziejczak got the breakthrough against the Segunda Division side just before the half-hour mark and they never looked back after that, with Aspas getting his first of the evening to make it 2-0 at the break.

Aspas, Kevin Gameiro (penalty) and former Arsenal forward Jose Antonio Reyes made it 5-0 going into the last 20 minutes, but Ernest Forgas found the net to at least give the home fans at the Estadi de la Nova Creu Alta something to cheer.

The final word went to Aspas though as the winger, who is on loan from Liverpool, ensured he took home the match ball by adding Sevilla's sixth from the spot in the dying moments.

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