Lucas Vasquez provided the assist from the right after Zinedine Zidane's side covered the vast majority of the pitch witch a flowing move that started near midfield, worked back to the top of the Madrid box and was swung from side to side before James' finish on the doorstep just three minutes into the match.
23 - There were 23 passes in the build-up to James Rodriguez's goal - the most for Real Madrid in La Liga this season. Power. pic.twitter.com/AVkEoCJCUW— OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 6, 2017
The Colombian headed home a second goal eight minutes later and Madrid were off and running, with the second strike giving James a high mark of his own.
The 25-year-old, despite not being considered first-choice for Los Blancos, has been involved with 23 goals this season, the most among any midfielder in La Liga.
23 - James Rodriguez has been involved in more goals than any other La Liga midfielder this season (11 goals and 12 assists - all comps). 10 pic.twitter.com/mqQpcJj4sr— OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 6, 2017
Alvaro Morata added two goals before half-time and Real ran out to a 4-0 win.