Enzo Zidane made his dad proud on Wednesday, scoring a goal on his competitive debut for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.
Zinedine Zidane, the coach, gave his 21-year-old son a chance and he took full advantage, finding the net with a nice right-foot shot from the edge of the area to help Madrid rout third-division club Cultural Leonesa 6-1 and secure a spot in the round of 16.
“It’s a dream to debut with Real Madrid and score a goal,” Enzo Zidane said. “And I’m happy that it happened at the Bernabeu and with a victory.”
The crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium loudly chanted Enzo’s name after his goal. The youngster said the game jersey would go to his father for all his support through the years.
“I’m happy for Enzo as a father and as a coach,” Zidane said. “I’m happy for his goal and for what he did during the game. When I get home, I’m sure I’ll have some words for him. But right now, as a coach, I’m happy for all the players.”
Using mostly second-string teams in both matches, Madrid advanced 13-2 on aggregate after a 7-1 win in the first leg.
Young forward Mariano Diaz also made the most of his time with the senior squad by scoring a hat trick at the Bernabeu, with one of the goals coming just 22 seconds into the match.
“This is a dream,” Diaz said. “It’s incredible to score one goal. To get three, it’s indescribable, really. I’m very happy.”
Madrid’s other goals came from Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, who got a rare chance in the starting lineup, and an own-goal by Cultural Leonesa defender Cesar Morgado.
It was the first time that former France great Zidane put one of his four sons to play with the first team in a competitive match. Enzo Zidane had already played during a pre-season tour.
The midfielder entered the game at halftime and scored his goal in the 63rd minute.
Another of Zidane’s sons is a goalkeeper in the club’s youth squads.
Cultural Leonesa’s lone goal came with a powerful long-range shot by midfielder Yeray Gonzalez.
“I never expected to score a goal here at the Bernabeu, with all my family watching,” Gonzalez said.
Zidane also used the game to give some playing time to defensive midfielder Casemiro and defender Pepe, who had been nursing injuries.
Also among the starters for Zidane was 17-year-old Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard.
Before the game, a minute’s silence was held in honor of the victims of Monday’s plane crash involving Brazilian club Chapecoense.
Madrid had their round-of-32 games played in advance to open up dates for its participation in FIFA’s Club World Cup later in December.
It will play the Spanish league “clasico” against Barcelona on Saturday at Camp Nou.