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Real have it easy

Barcelona: There was no dream ending for Olimpic de Xativa after an efficient performance from a second-string Real Madrid secured a 2-0 win at the Bernabeu which sent them through to the King’s Cup last 16 on Wednesday.

A 0-0 home draw had built up Olimpic’s hopes of an unlikely upset but Asier Illarramendi eased Real’s concerns with the opening goal after 16 minutes and midway through the first half Angel Di Maria converted a penalty.

Gareth Bale was among the injured players and Cristiano Ronaldo was suspended for a game in which Real coach Carlo Ancelotti kept faith with his second string who had disappointed in the first leg.

Real reached the last 16 along with Atletico Madrid, who beat their Madrid rivals in last season’s final, and won 2-1 against Sant Andreu earlier on Wednesday to advance.

After a slow start, Real began to find their feet and Illarramendi put them in front, finishing clinically from a pass by Jese Rodriguez.

A header from Alvaro Morata was handled by Enrique Alcazar inside the area and Di Maria extended Real’s lead as he converted the penalty.