Real Madrid complete 10-1 aggregate thrashing of Melilla

Marco Asensio and Isco both hit braces as Real Madrid cruised to a resounding Copa del Rey win over third-tier Melilla.

MADRID — Real Madrid trounced third division side Melilla 6-1 in a Copa del Rey round of 32 second leg on Thursday, completing a 10-1 aggregate scoreline to ease into the last 16 of the competition.

Madrid went into halftime with a three-goal lead after Marco Asensio scored twice in three minutes and debutant Javi Sanchez also got on the scoresheet late in the half.

Spain midfielder Isco extended the advantage three minutes into the second half, scoring for the first time since September in his first start under new coach Santiago Solari, while Brazilian Vinicus Jr. hit goal No. five.

Solari had made 10 changes from the team that beat Valencia 2-0 in La Liga on Saturday but was still able to field four Spain internationals and three-time Champions League winning goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Melilla, a tiny Spanish autonomous enclave in north Africa, managed to give their travelling supporters something to celebrate when striker Yacine Qasmi smashed a penalty beyond Navas in the 81st minute.

Isco restored Madrid's five-goal advantage with his second goal of the game.

Visa signs 7-year sponsorship

deal with UEFA Women's Football

Visa has signed a seven-year deal with European soccer body UEFA to sponsor the women's game at all levels, they announced on Thursday.

UEFA said the move was the first of its kind and followed the decision last year to 'unbundle' sponsorship rights from the men's game in order to create more commercial opportunities.

The men's and women's Champions League and European championship rights were previously packaged together.

The soccer body said Visa will become a main partner of the Women's Champions League and the various UEFA European championships as well as women's Futsal. UEFA'S head of women's football Nadine Kessler hailed a milestone for the sport.

"It proves that women's football has truly taken on a new dimension within the commercial landscape. Visa's commitment and excitement embodies the new heights we have reached with our sport," she said in a statement.

Next year's Women's Champions League final will be staged in Budapest. England will host the women's European Championship in 2021 with the final set for Wembley Stadium. — Reuters