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Two goals from Rodrygo saw Real Madrid triumph in the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna. But it was Vinicius Junior who defined this game with a display of skill and athleticism that was awe-inspiring. The win gives Carlo Ancelotti his 20th Copa del Rey title and means that Real now trail only Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao in the all-time list of winners. 1. Vinicius Junior The effervescent Vinicius Junior set up Rodrygo for the opener and was brilliant in general on the left wing. He gave Osasuna right-back Jon Moncayola a torrid time, dribbling past him on several occasions. He nearly scored a goal in the first half but his curling effort came back off the post. He is becoming a big-game player and proved it on Saturday night as he dragged Osasuna's defence all over the place. Madrid dominated the first half but they could not make a breakthrough with Osasuna's on-loan Barcelona defender David Garcia winding himself up in the box and risking a red card for rugby tackling Karim Benzema. The visitors did come close as Dani Carvajal blocked Kike Barja's low driven shot and Karim Benzema sliced his effort well wide of the target. At the start of the second half the visitors regained their grip on proceedings. Vinicius Junior almost went down for a penalty but his dive didn't look genuine and the referee booked him for protesting. He also hit the crossbar with a long range free-kick and nearly had another opportunity when Osasuna keeper Sergio Herrera saved his shot. Lucas Torro equalised for Osasuna but Madrid's attacking pair stepped up the pace and they soon retook the lead. Rodrygo fired home a superb controlled finish after another Vinicius break to complete the win and secure Madrid's 20th Copa del Rey title. It was a deserved victory for Real Madrid who were far sharper in front of goal than their opponents and Carlo Ancelotti will hope his side can continue that level of performance against Manchester City in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu. 2. Karim Benzema The moment that truly shifted the game was when Madrid regained control and reasserted their superiority. Benzema stepped up to meet a Cristiano Ronaldo cross with a superbly instinctive and technically flawless volley that glided across Osasuna goalkeeper Eduardo Camavinga and landed in the left-hand corner of the net. The goal epitomised everything that makes Benzema such an essential foil to Ronaldo. He is a bullish and physical striker who can also read the game and link up with his teammates. His volley was the type of clinical finish that shows why Madrid paid such a hefty fee to bring him in from Lyon. Osasuna had not conceded a goal in the previous six games but were struggling to contain the slick and direct movement of Real Madrid. The home side were forced to revert to a more direct approach and were caught out by a succession of crosses from the left. Then came the second goal from Rodrygo. He was sent clear down the left by Vinicius and brushed past Jon Moncayola and Ruben Pena to reach the byline. He then drew in two players before rolling a pass back to Benzema, who was perfectly placed to slot home his second of the night. Real Madrid have a chance to win a sixth trophy of the season when they take on Chelsea in the quarter finals of the Champions League. They have already won La Liga, the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup under Carlo Ancelotti. Their Spanish Cup victory over Osasuna, their first since 2014, adds to the list of successes and will give them confidence that they can bounce back from their poor league start. 3. Fede Valverde The first goal of the evening came from a Vinicius Junior dribble, as he rounded his marker and raced down the left. He cut back and the ball fell to Rodrygo, who smashed home. That was only the start of it as the Brazilian winger ripped into the Osasuna defence with his lightning runs. It was a reminder that he is the best player in the Madrid side and has a maturity beyond his years. Jagoba Arrasate threw everything at the teen but that just made him more dangerous. He had the chance to equalise a minute after half time when Abde Ezzalzouli beat Thibaut Courtois but could not direct his shot on target. But Madrid held on and added the Copa del Rey to their collection of league titles, Champions League trophies, Spanish and European Super Cups, and Club World Cups. Carlo Ancelotti praised the teenager after the match and even set him a ten-goal target for this season. That might be hard to achieve but the manager said that it was a good marker and showed how far the midfielder had come since his return to the Madrid fold. Ancelotti brought Valverde in to partner Vinicius in the centre of midfield and they have formed one of the most lethal attacking partnerships in the game this season. They have combined to score eight goals together and have a deep understanding of each other's games. They are already the most prolific pairing in Spain this season, with both assisting each other six times. That includes the opening goal in the final against Osasuna as well as the goal they scored together against Celta Vigo and RB Leipzig. 4. Lucas Torro The opening minutes at La Cartuja Stadium suggested this would be a close match, with Osasuna attempting to block Madrid and direct them down blind alleys. Instead, the hosts were punished by a display of skill and athleticism that was dazzling. Vinicius Junior, in particular, was unstoppable as he raced past Osasuna's defence time and again. In a similar fashion, Rodrygo was a constant threat, spotting holes in the Osasuna defence with ease. It was Rodrygo who broke the deadlock after just two minutes, a controlled finish from outside the area that sent Real Madrid fans into delirium. Minutes later, he doubled the lead with another controlled finish, slipping the ball past Courtois after being set up by his team-mate. At the other end, Osasuna had chances of their own. Abde Ezzalzouli went close, but his shot was blocked by Dani Carvajal. In stoppage time, Avila found Kike Barja deep inside the six-yard box but he couldn't force the ball in and Real Madrid secured their 20th Copa del Rey title. It added to Carlo Ancelotti's impressive collection at the Bernabeu, including La Liga, Champions League and Spanish Super Cup titles in his second spell. And it meant Osasuna's hopes of winning their first major trophy in their history were ended in just the second final they have played under manager Javier Gento. The Osasuna boss praised his side's fighting spirit as they fell to defeat, but insisted that the quality of Madrid is too much for any team to handle. It is a point that Manchester City will take on board ahead of their visit to the Bernabeu. Next up is the Champions League quarterfinal rematch with Madrid. 5. Rodrygo Rodrygo scored twice as Real Madrid fought back to beat Osasuna and win their 20th Copa del Rey title. The Brazilian winger, who joined the club from Santos this season, opened the scoring in just 106 seconds following a Toni Kroos shot that rebounded into his path. Rodrygo, 22, has all the attributes that make him a great player and his performance against Osasuna will likely remind his future rivals of why they were eager to acquire him. He is quick, has excellent feet and clinical finesse in front of goal. His awareness of space helped him create the chances for both of Real Madrid's goals while he also contributed to their two defensive clearances and made two interceptions during his 75-minute stint. Rodrygo won five duels, made six recoveries and won four tackles as he helped turn around the game for Los Blancos who had looked out of sorts before his introduction. As a result of his impact, he earned Real Madrid a corner and in the resulting set-piece Rodrygo drilled home the winner. Rodrygo could easily have had a second goal too when he broke through but was denied by a strong challenge from Eder Militao. Osasuna were able to find a way into the game but they will have a hard time putting together enough wins to make any sort of a push for Champions League football next term. Jagoba Arrasate's side will have to improve dramatically if they are to make the top half of La Liga as they currently sit in 10th place. On a positive note, Abde Ezzalzouli returned after suspension and could play an important role as they move forward.