Zi­dane’s son Enzo scores as Real Madrid rout Leonesa 6-1 in Copa

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Enzo Zi­dane made his dad proud yes­ter­day, 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 own­goal 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.

Mean­while, else­where Sevilla cruised past fourth-divi­sion club For­mentera 5-1, thanks to a firsthalf 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 13 Va­len­cia; Sport­ing Gi­jon 1-2 Eibar; Alor­con 1-1 Es­panyol; Real Betis 1-0 De­portivo La Coruna.

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

Real Madrid's Enzo Zi­dane, cen­tre, cel­e­brates after scor­ing yes­ter­day

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