James Rodriguez's left foot is a thing of beauty. Though the Colombian had a tough introduction to life as a Real Madrid player, thrust into a European showpiece, there were glimpses of his class, mostly from his magic wand-like left peg.
Sporting a pair of pink and blue boots and the number 10 shirt, the new 'Galactico' lined up on the left flank, from where he buzzed about behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Perhaps not surprisingly, he looked a little out of sorts initially, seemingly so focused on not getting dragged out of position for defensive purposes that he struggled to get on the ball in dangerous areas.
Nevertheless, he still showed what the fuss is all about and hinted at the impact he can make from set pieces. Carlo Ancelotti has already appointed him one of the team's corner takers and he displayed his crossing ability with a measured delivery during a Real counter-attack in the 20th minute, which was his personal highlight of the first half.
After the break the Colombian looked more threatening, though still not fully comfortable, but he never shied away from receiving the ball and made several contributions to Real's attacking efforts. On one such occasion, he nearly opened his account for the club, controlling Bale's cross and unleashing a fierce volley that Sevilla keeper Beto did well to save.