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Varane nets 2, Real Madrid starts Copa del Rey defense with 4-1 win at 3rd-tier rival


BARCELONA, Spain — Raphael Varane headed in two corner kicks to help Real Madrid start its Copa del Rey title defense with a 4-1 win at third-division Cornella on Wednesday.

The France center back opened the scoring in the 10th before Cornella striker Oscar Munoz leveled to the delight of the home fans in the 20th.

But Varane struck again in the 36th before forward Javier Hernandez and Marcelo added goals in the second half.

A semi-professional team, Cornella fielded a starting 11 that included a dentist, a topographer and an employee of the city's bike sharing scheme.

The match was played at Espanyol's Power8 Stadium, in the Barcelona neighborhood whose name Cornella shares. Cornella reached the deal to play at the 40,000-seat stadium because its home ground only holds 1,500.

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