Real Madrid coasted into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a classy 4-0 victory at Real Zaragoza on Wednesday.
Raphael Varane and Lucas Vazquez were on target in the first half of the last-16 clash at La Romareda as Madrid barely had to move out of second gear.
Vinicius Junior and substitute Karim Benzema then completed the job in a second period that was even more sedate than the opening 45 minutes.
Tougher tests are on the horizon for LaLiga’s leaders, starting with El Derbi against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, but it was a job well done for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Madrid caught Zaragoza napping after six minutes when Toni Kroos’ low ball across the box went through Vinicius’ legs and was smashed in by Varane.
The visitors were playing as though the game were a mere training exercise, although Alphonse Areola had to be sharp to tip Shinji Kagawa’s deflected shot over.
Miguel Linares’ questionable decision to dribble out of his own area was punished as Kroos pick-pocketed the forward and laid on for Vazquez to brilliantly smash home Madrid’s second.
Kagawa scooped an effort over in a rare moment of note in the second half before Madrid put the game beyond doubt.
Vinicius played a neat one-two with James Rodriguez and clipped his effort past Alvaro Raton into the bottom-right corner.
Areola kept out Luis Suarez’s one-on-one effort, but Madrid had a fourth 11 minutes from time when Benzema tapped in from Dani Carvajal’s teasing low centre at the end of a well-worked move.
The intensity from Madrid did not let up, even at 4-0 but it had not been that way throughout. Zaragoza had their chances too. Their Colombian striker Luis Suarez went close with one second half effort.
And in the first-half Zinedine Zidane had to rollick Marcelo for allowing a ball to go out of play for a corner because he thought it had touched a Zaragoza player.
As he went to remonstrate with the linesman Zidane took him to task for his complacency.
It’s a complacency that Madrid seem to have largely banished from their game under Zidane this season.
They go into Friday’s quarter-final draw where Barcelona will join them if they beat Leganes on Thursday.
Atletico Madrid are already out of the competition and continue in crisis now 10 points from leaders Real Madrid who they play on Saturday.