Real Madrid 3-0 Leganes: Brahim Diaz makes debut for home side

Real Madrid 3-0 Leganes: Brahim Diaz makes debut for home side

Real Madrid recruit Brahim Diaz came off the bench in Wednesday's 3-0 Copa del Rey victory over Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Sergio Ramos has congratulated me and told me to continue like this, and that I will have many minutes", he said.

Real winger Lucas Vazquez is suspended for Sunday's visit to Real Betis after being sent off in last week's 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, which left Santiago Solari's side fifth in La Liga and 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

In his acceptance speech, the Real Madrid captain said: "It gives me a real sense of both joy and pride to have been named best male athlete at the Seven Star of Madrid awards".

Vinicius Junior wrapped things up for Real Madrid to make it 3-0.

A mistake made by the Leganes back line was capitalized upon by Karim Benzema who passed the ball to Vinicius Junior.

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Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wasn't in the squad after being diagnosed with a muscle injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for about 10 days.

Last season, Madrid were stunned 2-1 at home by Leganes and went out on away goals despite having won the first leg 1-0, and Butragueno was keen to guard against another shock in the return fixture next week.

Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring for the visitors after nine minutes, before Anthony Lozano restored parity in the 34th minute.

The second leg is next Wednesday at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

Results have improved but a stuttering start to 2019 has seen them draw with Villarreal and lose to La Real as aforementioned.

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