Mariano scores Real Madrid's fastest ever Copa del Rey goal

Mariano scored Real Madrid's fastest ever goal in the Copa del Rey, and also bagged a hat-trick as Zidane's side thrashed Cultural Leonesa 13-2 on aggregate.
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Mariano scores fastest ever Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey
JuanJo Martín EFE

Mariano, the fastest ever for Real Madrid

Mariano Díaz has gone into the Real Madrid record books. The Spanish-Dominican striker scored the fastest goal ever by a Real Madrid player in the Spanish Copa del Rey, in Zidane's side's 6-1 win over Cultural Leonesa in the Bernabéu on Wednesday night. 

Mariano Diaz Mejia celebrates his hat-trick.

Mistake from Cultural Leonesa

The Academy player, starting for the first time for the Real Madrid first team, opened the scoring after just 23 seconds, after a mistake from the Cultural defence as they brought the ball out. Asensio saw Mariano's run, and he simply had to pick his spot, and watch the net bulge as he went into the record books.  

This was also the fastest goal from Real Madrid in all competitions in the last six years. Karim Benzema notched in just 22 seconds against Barcelona in 2011. 

Mariano claimed a hat-trick

But Mariano wasn't done with his lightning fast early strike. He'd bagged a brace by the end of the first half, and rounded off his hat-trick in the second 45. And that puts him alongside no less of a name than Raúl, the last Academy player to score three goals in the same Copa del Rey match, in his case against Real Unión in 2008.