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James double helps Real beat Sevilla in King's Cup
January 4, 2017 / 10:57 PM / a year ago

James double helps Real beat Sevilla in King's Cup

(Reuters) - Real Madrid marked Zinedine Zidane’s first anniversary as manager with a comfortable 3-0 win over Sevilla in the first leg of their King’s Cup last 16 tie at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Football Soccer - Real Madrid v Sevilla in King's Cup soccer match - Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid, Spain - 4/1/17 Real Madrid's James Rodriguez and Sevilla's Vitolo in action. REUTERS/Juan Medina

James Rodriguez opened the scoring for Real with a powerful strike from outside the box before Raphael Varane fired home a Toni Kroos corner to double the lead.

James, who has been linked with a possible move away from the Spanish giants, added his second -- Real’s third -- from the penalty spot before receiving a standing ovation when he was substituted 10 minutes before the end.

Real have now gone a club record 38 games unbeaten in all competitions under Zidane, and have only lost twice in his 53 games in charge.

Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Toby Davis

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