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Real Madrid 2-0 Osasuna | King’s Cup last 16 match report

• Karim Benzema and Jesé clinch 2-0 victory
• Rayo Vallecano and Levante in stalemate

Goals from Karim Benzema and Jesé led Real Madrid to a 2-0 win over Osasuna in the King's Cup last-16, first leg at the Bernabéu.

Benzema nodded the hosts ahead in the 19th minute from a Luka Modric free-kick and Cristiano Ronaldo set up Jesé, who later went off injured, to score on the hour to put last year's runners-up in a strong position before next week's return tie in Pamplona.

"It was the result we wanted but we can't relax when we go to Pamplona as they always make things tough for us there," the Real defender, Alvaro Arbeloa, told Canal Plus television. "You are always wondering whether to take more risks and leave space at the back but you have to have control and you can't risk too much because, if they score, it makes the tie more complicated."

If Real successfully negotiate the second leg, Carlo Ancelotti's side would meet Espanyol or Alcorcón in the quarter-finals.

The Second Division side Alcorcón, who stunned Real by knocking them out at the last-32 stage in 2009 when they were playing in the Spanish third tier, beat Espanyol 1-0 at their tiny stadium in the Madrid suburbs on Wednesday.

The Valencia forward Hélder Postiga headed an equaliser in the final minute of added time to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to the holders, Atlético Madrid, on Tuesday, while Barcelona cruised to a 4-0 win at home to Getafe on Wednesday.

The World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi, came off the bench to score twice and Cesc Fábregas also grabbed a double as Barça virtually assured themselves of a place in the last eight and a meeting with Rayo Vallecano or Levante. Rayo drew 0-0 at home to Valencia-based Levante on Thursday while Real Sociedad were held to a 0-0 stalemate at their Anoeta stadium in San Sebastián by Villarreal.


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