Real Madrid 2-1 Osasuna: Rodrygo Twice ends nine-year wait for Copa del Rey glory

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A double for Rodrygo helped Real Madrid seal their first Copa del Rey triumph since 2014 as they saw off a defiant Osasuna.

Rodrygo’s double steered Real Madrid to Copa del Rey glory as they defeated a valiant Osasuna 2-1 in Saturday’s final.

The Brazilian striker netted twice to lead Los Blancos to their second silverware of the season in front of a packed Estadio de La Cartuja.

For Carlo Ancelotti, the victory ended a nine-year drought in Spain’s most prestigious cup competition, with Madrid last winning in 2014 under the previous Italian manager.

But it’s a tough result for Jagobo Arrasate’s Osasuna after Lucas Torro’s strike gave them hope of an upset in their first Copa del Rey final appearance in 18 years.

Madrid completed their favorite goal within two minutes when Rodrygo topped Vinicius Junior’s dynamite effort past Sergio Herrera.

That early concession spurred Osasuna quickly on the offensive, with Ante Budimir forcing Thibaut Courtois into a series of saves while Dani Carvajal had to clear Abde Ezzalzouli’s effort off the line.

David Alaba hit the post as Madrid looked to double their lead, with Vinicius’ hopeful penalty appeal falling on the stroke of half-time.

Madrid paid the price for those misses just before the hour mark when Torro curled in a superb low strike past Courtois from the outside.

Still, Madrid recovered and after Toni Kroos saw his shot deflected, Rodrygo was on hand to pick up the pieces and nudge home another goal.

Karim Benzema failed to add gloss to the scoreline and Los Blancos were almost punished again in stoppage time, but Carvajal produced a last-ditch effort to deny Kike Barja and ensure Madrid ended their long wait for a 20th Copa crown.

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