Copa del Rey 2018: Results, Reaction from Wednesday's Round of 32, Leg 1 Games

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2018

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio grimaces during the Spanish King's Cup (Copa del Rey) football match between UD Melilla and Real Madrid CF at the Alvarez Claro municipal stadium in the autonomous city of Melilla on October 31, 2018. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid were in cruise control in the first leg of the round of 32 in the Copa del Rey as they defeated Melilla 4-0 away, with interim manager Santiago Solari coaching the senior team for the first time on Wednesday.

Barcelona left it until extra time of the second half to claim a 1-0 advantage over Cultural Leonesa on the road.

There were away victories for Getafe and Real Valladolid, both earning 2-1 wins against Cordoba and Mallorca, respectively.

Alaves and Girona couldn't be separated in their clash, with the pair completing a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Here's Wednesday's Copa del Rey results:


Melilla 0-4 Real Madrid

Alaves 2-2 Girona

Cordoba 1-2 Getafe

Mallorca 1-2 Real Valladolid

Cultural Leonesa 0-1 Barcelona


Wednesday's Recap

Real Madrid's Argentinian coach Santiago Solari smiles before the Spanish King's Cup (Copa del Rey) football match between UD Melilla and Real Madrid CF at the Alvarez Claro municipal stadium in the autonomous city of Melilla on October 31, 2018. (Photo b

Solari appeared pleased after his side were comfortable winners during their first leg in north Africa, with the Argentinian leaving Gareth Bale and Luca Modric out of his squad for the visit to the third-tier side.

Teenage sensation Vinicius Jr. was entrusted to pull the strings for Los Blancos, and the Brazilian did not disappoint his new coach.

Karim Benzema broke the deadlock after 28 minutes. Marco Asensio then linked with Vinicius on the stroke of half-time, with the Spaniard making it 2-0.

Vinicius created the third for Alvaro Odriozola in the closing stages, with Cristo Gonzalez rubbing salt in the wound with a fourth goal at the death.

OptaJose highlighted Vinicius' contribution in his first start:

OptaJose @OptaJose

1 - Vinicius Junior is the first player to provide two assists in his first start for Real Madrid in the last five seasons (all competitions). Hope. https://t.co/ndKAisU6pU

Solari was content at the end of the night and said he was pleased to be in charge of the team.

Per Madrid's official website, the former Castilla manager said:

"I don't like to put a mark on the performance. The team played with a smile on their faces, they were keen and committed. The final score is a result of that. It wasn't easy, but we worked hard and played with those characteristics. The pitch was heavy and they pressed very high.
We have to be happy. The players are committed to the shirt and to the fans who are with them. I'm now a part of this group."

LEON, SPAIN - OCTOBER 31:  Clement Lenglet of FC Barcelona celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Spanish Copa del Rey match between Cultura Leonesa and FC Barcelona at Estadio Reino de Leon on October 31, 2018 in Leon, Spain.
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Barca took a rotated selection to Cultural Leonesa, and they were almost embarrassed before grabbing a late winner.

Clement Lenglet's last-gasp header won it for the reigning Copa champions. Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho were rested.

Getafe fought back from a goal down to beat Cordoba 2-1, with Jaime Mata's double sealing the win on the road.

Daniele Verde's brace in the first half was enough to earn Valladolid a 2-1 victory as they visited Mallorca.

Alaves believed they had defeated Girona 2-1 at home, with Martin Aguirregabiria scoring with only two minutes of the game remaining.

However, there was further drama as Eric Montes found the back of the net in the sixth minute of extra time to disappoint the hosts, completing a 2-2 draw.