Sports News Today January 23: Real Madrid made sure there would be no upset on their Copa del Rey debut this term, clinching a place in the last-sixteen with a win over Unionistas de Salamanca in a game where they looked solid from the off.
The Whites are now unbeaten in 18 matches, having gone ahead after just 18 minutes. James crossed into the box, Góngora headed the ball away, but it fell to Bale, who controlled on his chest, before his vicious right-footed strike took a wicked deflection off Guille Andrés to beat Brais. A minute later, Góngora responded with a fierce effort from the edge of the box but Areola’s outstretched hand turned it behind.
Real Madrid had the game under control now, and were enjoying opportunities to extend their lead before the break. Benzema tried his luck with a great individual move on 35’, but the ball ended up in the side-netting. Two minutes later, James played a neat one-two with Casemiro, and beat Brais with a sumptuous chip, but the crossbar ensured the visitors did not increase the deficit.