A double from James Rodrigues and a header by Varane sealed the Real Madrid victory over Sevilla and brings them to a 38 unbeaten games run.

Real Madrid had an excellent start of the new year, as they won their 38 consecutive games. Even with notable absences from the first team, the Whites showcased their strength getting a resounding victory that will give them a huge advantage in the coming second leg, thanks to a double from the Colombian James and a goal from defender Varane, all in the first half.

The first goal came after 11 minutes, with Casemiro stealing the ball near the penalty box, passed to James who unleashed a surprising stunner of a kick which passed a helpless goalkeeper, Sergio Rico. After several near misses from the likes of Luka Modric and Marcelo, it was a corner cross from Kroos and Raphael Varane jumped high to put the ball in the net for 2-0.

There were a few attempts from Sevilla for a comeback, with missed from Correa and Vitolo, but the Madrid keeper, Kiko Casilla was firm and decisive in his post. It was just before the break when the third goal came, with Modric being fouled in the area and James scoring the penalty and finished what was a great first half for Real Madrid.

The second part was more even out, as Real stepped back allowing Sevilla more possession of the ball, but they couldn’t take advantage of it, as the Whites strong defense held its ground. Real Madrid took a big step towards the quarter final of the Copa del Rey with the next leg being played at Sevilla’s Sanchez Pizjuan stadium next Thursday.