Real Madrid’s young Brazilian stars, Rodrygo and Vinícius Júnior, added another trophy to their collection as they helped their club win the Copa del Rey for the first time in nearly ten years. In a thrilling final against Osasuna, Vinícius provided creative playmaking while Rodrygo scored two goals in a 2-1 victory. Despite falling behind early, Osasuna remained competitive throughout the match. While Karim Benzema had a subdued performance, Rodrygo and Vinícius proved to be decisive in securing the victory.
With their Copa del Rey triumph, the 22-year-old forwards have now won all possible club titles, including the European Cup, Spanish league, Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and Spanish Super Cup. Their next challenge is to defend the Champions League title, which they played a crucial role in winning last year for the club’s record-extending 14th time. The rematch against Manchester City is set to begin on Tuesday.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised Vinícius and Rodrygo, stating that they were the difference-makers in the final. Vinícius caused problems for Osasuna in the first half, while Rodrygo’s two goals ultimately secured the victory. Ancelotti acknowledged the tough nature of finals, expressing his joy and looking ahead to the next match.
Rodrygo’s first goal came just two minutes into the game, assisted by Vinícius. Osasuna managed to equalize in the 58th minute through Lucas Torró, but Rodrygo sealed the win for Madrid in the 70th minute. This Copa del Rey victory ended Madrid’s drought in the competition since their last triumph in 2014. On the other hand, Osasuna, a modest club from Pamplona, was aiming for their first major title in club history but fell short once again.
The match showcased the skills and contributions of Rodrygo and Vinícius, who have been instrumental in Madrid’s recent success. Vinícius displayed his dribbling ability, maneuvering past defenders before setting up Rodrygo for the opening goal. The Osasuna coach, Jagoba Arrasate, acknowledged the difficulty of defending against Vinícius and anticipated a tough challenge for Manchester City.
Despite Osasuna’s efforts, Madrid’s defense held strong. There were moments of excitement as Osasuna came close to equalizing and David Alaba hit the crossbar with a free kick. However, tensions arose during the match, particularly between Vinícius and some Osasuna players, resulting in bookings and halftime confrontations. Osasuna started the second half strongly and managed to score through Torró, but Rodrygo struck again after another impressive run by Vinícius.
Osasuna, despite being a modest club, had their opportunities throughout the match. Abde Ezzalzouli came close to equalizing in the 26th minute, but Dani Carvajal’s quick intervention prevented a goal. David Alaba also surprised with a long-range free kick that hit the crossbar. The match saw moments of intensity, with tempers flaring between Vinícius and some Osasuna players, leading to bookings and halftime confrontations.
In the end, Madrid’s resilience paid off as they secured victory and celebrated their 20th Copa del Rey title. Osasuna, while disappointed, showed fighting spirit and pride in their performance. The goal scorer, Lucas Torró, acknowledged their efforts and felt proud of the team’s fight.