Real Madrid easily took care of business in the second leg of their 2016 Spanish Copa del Rey clash with Cultural Leonesa, winning 6-1 on Wednesday to take the tie with an aggregate score of 13-2.
Mariano Diaz scored twice before half-time, and James Rodriguez added a first-half goal as well to end the match as a contest early.
Enzo Fernandez, the son of manager Zinedine Zidane, added a fourth goal on his debut after the break, and Mariano completed his hat-trick in the final minutes. Cesar Morgado also scored an own goal.
Los Blancos entered the second leg with an enormous 7-1 lead, and with the Clasico against Barcelona on the schedule for Saturday, Zidane gave plenty of his stars the chance to rest.
Per the club's official Twitter account, Pepe, Isco and Dani Carvajal were the only starters expected to feature against the Blaugrana as well:
Even with so many youngsters and fringe players, Real were expected to cruise to a win against Leonesa. With their first shot on goal, the Liga giants took the lead. Mariano easily slotted home a cross after just 30 seconds.
Per Squawka Football, the talented forward has flashed his talent in the Copa so far:
AS displayed their sense of humour:
The Segunda Division B side tried to respond with a sharp cross into the box, but goalkeeper Kiko Casilla easily claimed the ball. Real had no intention of pushing the pace, calmly working the ball around and waiting for an opening. Martin Odegaard made a solid impression in midfield, tracking back well to defend if needed.
Leonesa looked strong on the counter, however, and Pepe had to take care of more than one tricky situation. Carvajal was committed to getting into the attacking third and firing in crosses, leaving Los Blancos exposed when the visitors broke loose.
Mariano thought he had scored his second after some clever play between Marco Asensio and Carvajal, but he was denied by the offside flag. A second goal seemed inevitable, however, and it was Rodriguez who took care of business, heading home after another good cross from Carvajal.
The Colombian may no longer be a regular starter, but there's nothing wrong with his production, per OptaJose:
Rodriguez fired a shot straight at goalkeeper Leandro Montagud, and Alvaro Tejero sent in a dangerous cross that the Leonesa defence only just dealt with. Mariano fired wide from a promising position before both he and Isco wanted a free-kick for fouls on the edge of the box just seconds apart.
The Dominican got his second goal just before half-time, chesting the ball home before finding the top corner with a superb strike. But Los Blancos were barely done celebrating when Yeray Gonzalez pulled one back for the visitors.
Casilla had no chance on his fantastic effort from the edge of the box, and the striker even impressed ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:
Enzo got his chance to impress in the second half, as Isco was substituted to save him for El Clasico. The 21-year-old was only on the pitch for a few minutes when he tried one of his father's typical roulette turns, pulling it off to spin away from a defender.
Leonesa started the second half well, and Los Blancos were happy to take their foot off the gas with the big lead.
But with half an hour left to play, Enzo wrong-footed Leandro to score his debut goal for Real's senior team to the delight of the home fans.
Corrigan noted it took him some time to make his debut compared to some of his team-mates:
Leonesa dropped even deeper after the fourth goal, intent on not conceding any more rather than scoring themselves. This gave Odegaard more space to work with, and the Norwegian calmly set the pace.
Mariano diverted a cross wide of the mark, and Leandro made sure he couldn't reach another inviting ball from Tejero. Most of the threat in the final stages came from the hosts, but Real didn't push too hard for a fifth goal. Mariano did complete his hat-trick, though, scoring a header at the back post.
But the nightmare still wasn't over for Leonesa, as Morgado slid a cross into his own net to put the final score on the board.
As shared by Corrigan, Zidane explained what it was like to watch his son score for Real:
Real's next outing will be against archrivals Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday.