Zinedine Zidane’s son took on the challenge of filling his father shoes by scoring 18 minutes into his Real Madrid debut with his first shot.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane gave his 21-year-old son Enzo his competitive debut in a crushing Copa del Rey victory over third-division Cultural Leonesa.
Enzo, the oldest of Zidane’s four sons, was sent on at half-time for Isco with Madrid leading 3-1 and 10-2 on aggregate.
Zinedine Zidane’s son attempted a ”Zidane turn” just five minutes into the game before finishing off some very neat interplay between Mariano and Odegaard from the edge of the box.
”If I take off my coach’s suit, I am very happy for my son,” Zidane said.
“As his coach I am very happy for Odegaard, Alvaro and Ruben too, and for all the players who did great work tonight. Of course when I get home we will talk about it.
”But the team showed a good attitude and intensity tonight, especially considering the 7-1 from the first game. We played a serious game, began strong and achieved what we wanted.”
Real Madrid won the game 6-1 on the night, taking the aggregate scoreline to 13-2 advancing comfortably to the last 16 of the competition.
With the El Clasico less than 72 hours away, Zidane made nine changes to the side resting the heavy hitters including Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric.
Fit-again holding midfielder Casemiro and defender Pepe were given much-needed match time after just coming back from injuries.
Backup striker Mariano Diaz got the nod and made most of his time with the senior squad by scoring a hat-trick on the night. One of the goals came just 22 seconds into the match.
Norwegian wonder kid, Martin Odegaard, 17, also made his full debut.
Zinedine Zidane’s son was less of a focus after the game but the little fact of an impending El Clasico which Zidane said would not decide the title race.
”We are just thinking about preparing well for the game,” he said.
”Whatever happens it will not be decisive. We have a good game against a very good rival, who will make us suffer for sure. We must be well-prepared. We all need to rest, me the first. From tomorrow we will prepare well.”
Before the game started, Real and Cultural Leonesa held a minute silence in honor of the victims of the plane crash involving Brazilian club Chapecoense.