With Eusebio Sacristán's side pushing for an unlikely comeback, Marcos Llorente struck a sucker-punch to extinguish any faint Girona hopes. Picking the ball up in midfield, the 24-year-old ran at goal, striking a fine low drive across goal and into the far corner to restore Los Blancos' four goal aggregate advantage.

Both sides pushed for another goal but none were forthcoming as Madrid booked their place in the Copa del Rey semi finals with relative ease.


Key Talking Point

Solari's men have been on somewhat of a resurgence in La Liga following a poor start to the season, losing just once in their last ten, collecting 26 points from a possible 30. That said, they trail league leaders Barcelona by ten points and realistically stand no chance of claiming the title this campaign.
Santiago Solari
The Copa del Rey offers their best chance of silverware this term, and while they will surely need to overcome Barcelona along the way, they will have to do that and more to lift their fourth consecutive Champions League this season. Ajax present a winnable round of 16 tie but Los Blancos will fancy their chances of lifting the trophy they haven't won since 2014.

Unlike their opponents, Madrid were clinical in front of goal at the Estadi Montilivi, but the Madrid boss will be concerned by the number of chances his team allowed La Liga's 14th place side to create. In order to claim silverware in his first season at the Bernabeu, he will will need to avert his attention towards shoring up a leaky defence that has shipped in 26 goals in 21 La Liga matches.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Navas (8); Carvajal (7), Varane (7), Ramos (7), Marcelo (8); Ceballos (7), Llorente (7), Kroos (7); Vazquez (7), Vinicius (8), Benzema (8)

Substitutes: Asensio (7), Nacho (6), Bale (6)

Star Man - Karim Benzema

The Frenchman wrote himself into the Real Madrid history books on Thursday night, becoming the sixth highest scorer in the club's history with his 208th and 209th goals for the club. 
The 31-year-old is nearing ten years at the club and, while he has come under scrutiny at times, has consistently proven his worth under the multitude of managers he's operated for. His tally this season has already surpassed last season's, currently averaging around one goal every two games.

Worst Player - Sergio Ramos

The hero of the last leg for Real Madrid didn't do much wrong during the match, yet was the unfortunate choice due to the amount of chances his back four conceded during the match. He was hauled off on the 63rd minute for Nacho, likely being spared for the club's upcoming domestic fixtures.

Looking Ahead

Real Madrid return to La Liga action on Sunday as they host fifth place Alaves, looking to keep up the heat on bitter rivals ​Atletico Madrid, who they subsequently travel to face in the following match the Saturday after.

Meanwhile Girona face a Sunday trip to mid-table Eibar before hosting La Liga's bottom club Huesca the following Sunday.