Zidane's son scores as in Madrid debut

Real Madrid's Enzo Zidane, centre, celebrates after scoring. Photo / AP
Real Madrid's Enzo Zidane, centre, celebrates after scoring. Photo / AP

Enzo Zidane made his dad proud, scoring a goal on his competitive debut for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

Zinedine Zidane, the coach, gave his 21-year-old son a chance and he took full advantage, finding the net with a nice right-foot shot from the edge of the area to help Madrid rout third-division club Cultural Leonesa 6-1 and secure a spot in the round of 16.

Using mostly second-string teams in both matches, Madrid advanced 13-2 on aggregate after a 7-1 win in the first leg.

Young forward Mariano Diaz also made the most of his time with the senior squad by scoring a hat trick at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, with one of the goals coming just 22 seconds into the match.

"This is a dream," Diaz said. "It's incredible to score one goal. To get three, it's indescribable, really. I'm very happy."

Madrid's other goals came from Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, who got a rare chance in the starting lineup, and an own-goal by Cultural Leonesa defender Cesar Morgado.

It was the first time that former France great Zidane put one of his four sons to play with the first team in a competitive match. Enzo Zidane had already played during a pre-season tour.

The midfielder entered the game at halftime and scored his goal in the 63rd minute.

Another of Zidane's sons is a goalkeeper in the club's youth squads.

Cultural Leonesa's lone goal came with a powerful long-range shot by midfielder Yeray Gonzalez.

"I never expected to score a goal here at the Bernabeu, with all my family watching," Gonzalez said.

Zidane also used the game to give some playing time to defensive midfielder Casemiro and defender Pepe, who had been nursing injuries.

Also among the starters for Zidane was 17-year-old Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard.

Before the game, a minute's silence was held in honor of the victims of Monday's plane crash involving Brazilian club Chapecoense.

Madrid had its round-of-32 games played in advance to open up dates for its participation in FIFA's Club World Cup later in December.


Sevilla cruised past fourth-division club Formentera 5-1, thanks to a first-half hat trick by youngster Joaquin Correa, while Villarreal won 3-0 at third-division team Toledo.

All games other than Madrid's are first-leg encounters.

On Tuesday, it was: Leganes 1-3 Valencia; Sporting Gijon 1-2 Eibar; Alorcon 1-1 Espanyol; Real Betis 1-0 Deportivo La Coruna.

Later Wednesday, Barcelona plays at third-division club Hercules and Atletico Madrid faces Guijuelo, also from Spain's third tier.

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