Celta Vigo cruised to a 3-0 win during the first leg of their 2016 Copa del Rey round-of-16 clash against Cadiz, with former Manchester City forward John Guidetti scoring a brace.
The Swede and his team-mates overcame a sloppy start to beat the lower-league side without any trouble, all but booking their ticket for the quarter-finals.
In Thursday's other match, Las Palmas beat Eibar 3-2 in a spectacular showpiece.
Here's a look at the full results:
|CdR Round of 16 Results: Thursday|
Celta Vigo never had to shift gear to take care of an overmatched Cadiz squad, who showed plenty of promise early but faded as the match wore on.
Cadiz are the only team from the Segunda Division B left in the competition and qualified for the round of 16 in somewhat controversial fashion, as they were granted a spot by virtue of Real Madrid's disqualification.
But fans watching the match wouldn't have guessed Cadiz were the team from the lower leagues during the first 20 minutes. The hosts played some excellent football and dominated possession, although chances were rare.
Celta seemed to have little interest in playing with Cadiz, perhaps believing they could finish the job at home in the second leg, and it almost came as a shock when Guidetti opened the scoring. The Swede found a pocket of space and unleashed a powerful shot on goal, which goalkeeper Pol Balleste was unable to stop.
Per AS English, the Galicians had created virtually nothing before the goal:
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Celta had created almost nothing up to now, but Guidetti smashed the ball through keeper Ballesté after getting space on the right.1/7/2016, 7:58:06 PM
Celta took a little more control of the ball and put their foot down in midfield, keeping the hosts from attacking down the flanks and finding any real chances before half-time.
Meanwhile, AS English shared a shot of one of the home fans, who clearly wanted to remind Real Madrid and Denis Cheryshev how his team made it to the round of 16:
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Cádiz fan's scarf: Cheryshev I love you (via @casadelfutbol ) https://t.co/5o9PIW5imL1/7/2016, 8:38:10 PM
The rest of the first half played out without any noteworthy incidents, and the pace of the match remained low after the break. Celta never felt the need to push the tempo and instead relied on individual brilliance, while Cadiz couldn't keep their composure in the final third.
Before long, the visitors doubled their lead, as Jonny fired a shot that took a deflection and ended up in the net. The tie now effectively seemed over, and Guidetti added a third goal for the visitors late in the second half, handing Celta a huge lead ahead of the return match in Galicia.
Eibar and Las Palmas served up a great match in Thursday's other Copa del Rey encounter, with goals flowing early. Izet Hajrovic took full advantage of some sloppy defending from the visitors to open the scoring after just 10 minutes, before Aythami fired home a header to put his team back on level terms.
The Basques regained the lead through Saul Berjon just 20 minutes into the first half, prompting this fan to comment on the state of the defending:
Wakaso Mubarak equalised for the visitors early in the second half with a fantastic drive from 25 yards, finding the top corner and giving goalkeeper Xavier Irureta no chance.
Both teams had their chance to grab a winner before the officials got involved, handing the hosts two straight red cards in a span of less than five minutes. First, scorer Hajrovic was sent off for a studs-high challenge, before team-mate Gonzalo Escalante joined him in the dressing room.
Now down to nine men, Eibar struggled to defend their goal and fell victim to yet another incredible strike, as Momo won the visitors the match in the 90th minute. While it's only the first leg, Las Palmas find themselves in excellent position to advance, having scored three goals away from home and with the Basques set to lose several players to suspension.
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