Atletico earn gutsy 4-2 win against Real to book cup quarter-final berth

Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo Riquelme scored in extra time to earn Diego Simeone's side a Copa del Rey quarter-final place

Reuters
Published : 19 Jan 2024, 07:58 AM
Updated : 19 Jan 2024, 07:58 AM

Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo Riquelme scored in extra time to give Atletico Madrid a 4-2 derby victory over last year's champions Real Madrid that earned Diego Simeone's side a Copa del Rey quarter-final place on Thursday.

A week after the rivals clashed in a 5-3 Real win in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals in Saudi Arabia, they met again in a peppery affair at a packed Metropolitano that was also decided with two extra-time goals, but now in Atletico's favour.

Atletico winger Samuel Lino opened the scoring for the hosts from a counter-attack in the 39th minute, tapping in from point-blank range after centre back Antonio Rudiger miskicked a clearance backwards to gift him the ball.

But goalkeeper Jan Oblak returned the favour when he made a mistake trying to punch a Luka Modric free kick away and sent the ball into his own net right before the break.

Another error ended in a goal when in the 57th minute midfielder Eduardo Camavinga sent a poor pass back to his own area which confounded goalkeeper Andriy Lunin and Rudiger, the ball falling to Alvaro Morata who tapped it into an empty net.

In the 82nd minute, Morata missed a sitter from close range which led to a Real counter-attack. Jude Bellingham crossed to Joselu who headed the equaliser to take the match to extra time.

Griezmann worked his magic in the 100th minute to steal the ball from Vinicius Jr on the halfway line and burst up the right channel and into the box to score. Riquelme secured the win in the 119th minute with a tidy finish.

"Lately, our games against Real have been very beautiful for the spectator. With a very high tempo, decided in extra time. Today it was our turn to win it. I'm happy for our fans and for Antoine Griezmann who scored a great goal," captain Koke told Movistar Plus.

Atletico will join Barcelona, Girona, Real Socieda, Celta Vigo, Mallorca, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla in the quarter-final draw.

BARCA FIGHT BACK AGAINST LOWLY UNIONISTAS

Barcelona laboured to a 3-1 win over fourth-tier Unionistas de Salamanca in their Copa del Rey last 16 clash on Thursday.

Barca fielded a number of reserve players and struggled against their lowly opponents, who opened the scoring from a counter-attack in the 31st minute, with Alvaro Gomez firing into the top corner from close range.

But the visitors managed to equalise right before the break with a Ferran Torres counter, netting a tidy finish past the goalkeeper.

Barca were much improved in the second half and defender Jules Kounde put them in front with a strike from range in the 69th minute, with Alejandro Balde securing the win four minutes later with a fine individual effort.